Caf gives Mandava, Colliery thumbs-up

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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has given Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane a thumbs-up to host international matches following renovations that were being carried out at the stadium ahead of their African Champions League campaign this season.

Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze said the continental soccer governing body had also approved the Hwange Colliery Stadium to host international matches.

He said the Caf Inspecting Committee was expected to come to Zimbabwe to inspect the facilities, but they didn’t come and instead, asked the association to send a report of the stadiums for approval.

“Caf has approved the two stadiums. They didn’t come here, but they asked us to send a report based on our Grounds Committee which we did and they approved the two stadiums,” said Mashingaidze.

FC Platinum have been working hard to renovate Mandava Stadium into a first-class facility to meet international standards.

This will be the second time for Zvishavane to host international matches after Shabanie Mine, who played against St Michel of the Seychelles in 2002 in the then Africa Cup Winners’ Cup. Shabanie had refurbished Maglas Stadium to meet international standards. The team though failed to sail through to the second round of the competition.

FC Platinum will take on Green Mamba of Swaziland in the preliminary round second leg tie of the African Champions League on Saturday. They go into the match carrying a healthy lead after getting off to a flying start following a 4-2 win. Hwange will host Jamhuri of Zanzibar in the second leg of the Caf Confederations Cup at the Colliery and are favourites to sail through to the first round after thumping their opponents in the first leg 3-0.