Egypt /Zimbabwe: Zifa petition FIFA for neutral venue
The civil unrest in Egypt has forced the Zimbabwe FA, Zifa, to petition for a change of venue for the Egypt-Zimbabwe 2014 World Cup qualifier that was scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt on March 22.
According to Zifa president, Cuthbert Dube, the Zimbabwe FA has written to FIFA asking for the match to be played on neutral ground because they fear for the safety of their players and officials given the atmosphere of crisis that reigns in Egypt.
“As Zifa, we would be very comfortable to play the match at a neutral venue.
“We want a venue that does not have these problems and endanger our players and officials,” said Dube yesterday in an official statement released by the federation.
This is not the first time political turbulence is interfering in football matters forcing the authorities to change their decisions and review their fixtures. In the last two years, the Libya national team have been compelled by political upheavals to play all their games out of their country.
Libya won the hosting rights of the ongoing Orange Africa Cup of Nations but swapped with South Africa, opting for 2017 instead because of the political crisis she was at the time of preparation.
While the Zimbabwe FA awaits FIFA’s decision on the matter, the team is gearing up for the warm-up friendly against Botswana on Wednesday ahead of the March encounter.