“#Zimbabwe” ZIMBABWE’S 2022 World Cup preliminary round second leg qualifier against Somalia which had been scheduled for Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, has been rescheduled for the National Sports Stadium next week on Tuesday.
The decision to postpone the match was arrived at after the Somali Football Federation (SFF) failed to secure flights to Harare on time.
The development forced the football federation to consult world soccer governing body FIFA on the way forward after which an agreement was reached to have the match rescheduled.
ZIFA also said the decision to move the match from Bulawayo to Harare was as the Young Warriors had already been booked to play at Barbourfields the same day (Tuesday).
The local soccer controlling body confirmed the development in a statement, yesterday.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) wishes to advise all football stakeholders that following a request from the Somali Football Federation (SFF) and consultations with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), our 2022 World Cup preliminary qualifier against Somalia has been rescheduled.
The match will now be played on Tuesday 10 September 2019 after SFF failed to secure flights to Zimbabwe in time for the initial fixture date which was Sunday September 8.
The venue of the match has also been moved from Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo to the National Sports Stadium in Harare because we already have another international match scheduled for Barbourfields on the 10th of September, the Under 23 Zimbabwe/South Africa Africa Cup of Nations qualifier,” read the statement.
The football association also issued an apology for inconveniences that this might have caused stressing that fans who had already purchased tickets would use the same tickets while those who are unable to travel to Harare would be refunded.
“We understand the inconvenience this development presents to all stakeholders and we unreservedly apologise for the unexpected developments.
In the spirit of fair play , African solidarity, brotherhood and togetherness, we felt the Somali Football Federation’s request was reasonable and sincere, thus we had to consent, otherwise the match would not have taken place at all.”
Gate charges for the match remain unchanged with the rest of ground ticket going for $10 while Bays 15-18 will be $20.
Those who wish to watch from the VIP enclosure will have to fork out $50.