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National Sports Stadium approved to stage World Cup qualifier

Warriors will host South Africa in a 2022 World Cup qualifier after Confederation of African Football (CAF) has cleared the National Sports Stadium to stage international matches.

CAF have since issued a statement with the list of approved stadiums to host the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers including the National Sports Stadium.

There have been uncertainties pertaining the suitability of the stadium after Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) was fined US$2 000 by the continental football over some technical frailties, raising concerns over the stadium’s ability to host the encounter.

Prior to the ban of staging international matches, the venue has hosted some AFCON qualifying games although on a temporary homologation.

And with several aspects of the issues raised by CAF, including the lack of bucket seats in the entire stadium still to be addressed, there were possible threats for the Warriors to play on neutral venue.

The Warriors will host Bafana Bafana between June 5-8 before they travel to Ethiopia four days later.

The squad will play Ghana back-to-back in the second window in September by which time the National Sports Stadium is expected to have been fully refurbished.



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