Mandava Stadium unfit to host FC Platinum Total-Caf Champions League matches from Group Stages onwards - Football News (ZW)

Mandava Stadium unfit to host FC Platinum Total-Caf Champions League matches from Group Stages onwards

FC Platinum will use Highlander's Barbourfields for its remaining 2018/19 Total-Caf Champions League matches. Platinum's homeground, Mandava Stadium which is situated in Zvishavane has been marked by Caf CL board unfit to host the tournament from the group stages onwards.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) was informed by Caf of the development and advised the football family that FC Platinum’s Total Champions League group match against Orlando Pirates will be played at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

FC Platinum confirmed the move on their official media platforms,
"Its official we play our matches at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo. This is home away in Bulawayo here come [sic]"

The reason for leaving out the Mandava pitch as said by Caf is that the field does not meet the minimum requirements for the 'prestigious African competition'.

Platinum were given by Caf two pitches to pick from in Zimbabwe, the National Sports Stadium in Harare & the  Barbourfields Stadiums in Bulawayo, and due to the matters of convinience, Platinum picked Barboufields Stadium which is home to the Zimbabwe Premier League side Highlanders FC and closer to the Town of Zvishavane.

As the Total-Caf Champions League is a competition of national glory in Africa and Zimbabwe, FC Platinum might have gained an advantage of home support by fans in regard to the size of the city of Bulawayo where there are way more soccer supporters compared to the small mining town of Zvishane.

FC Platinum begin their CL Group Stage  campaign against Orlando Pirates in a match that will be played on 12 January 2019 at 15:00.

Zifa has also revealed that CAF will conduct further inspections for the  Mandava stadium, Barbourfields stadium and National sports stadium going forward.

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