Botswana/Zimbabwe: All Set for Zebras, Warriors Game


Francistown — As the long awaited football game between the Zebras and the Warriors of Zimbabwe approaches, Botswana Football Association (BFA) held a meeting on Thursday on preparations needed, especially concerning COVID-19.

The match will take place at the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Francistown on March 25 and the two teams will be battling it out to qualify for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

However, the public will not be allowed to attend due to enforced COVID-19 protocols on social distancing but the game will be broadcasted through Radio Botswana and Botswana Television.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairperson, Fanyana Fish said proper preparation was necessary to avoid incidents such as power cuts during the game, which was something that had occurred in the past.

Superintendent Edward Leposo of Tati police said Botswana Police Service would assign 25 security personnel of which four would be responsible for escorts while the rest would provide security at the stadium.

“We came up with this number after considering that there will be no spectators. We have assigned three of our vehicles for escorting the match commissioner and the two teams,” he added.

Likewise, Tsogo Mosinyi from Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development added that they intended to have a bus, a quantum and two cars to transport head of delegation from the visiting team, match commissioner, referees and the assessor. However she noted that request had been sent to the Central Transport Organisation (CTO) and that they were awaiting response.

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