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Impact of Zimbabwe’s new Covid-19 measures on football


By Nesia Mhaka

Zimbabwean football has emerged as one of the biggest causalities of the government’s recent ban on all gatherings to curb the spread of Covid-19 as the resumption of the country’s topflight league has once again been put on hold.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) failed to stage any games last year following the outbreak of Covid-19. 

Following the economically draining break, matches resumed last month with the Chibuku Super Cup. 

The tournament, however, has been suspended before reaching the half way stage after the government introduced new measures to curb the spread of Covid -19. 

An initial blanket ban was imposed on all sporting activities before some associations were cleared to resume sporting activities.

These were the Zimbabwe Golf Association, Zimbabwe Aquatic Union, Cycling Zimbabwe, Triathlon Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Cricket, Zimbabwe National Bass Federation and the National Anglers Union of Zimbabwe.

Others are the Polo Association of Zimbabwe, the Polocrosse Association of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Archery Association, National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Equestrian Federation, Zimbabwe Shooting Sport Federation. Rowing Association of Zimbabwe and Tennis Zimbabwe.

Contact sports such as football, rugby and boxing were excluded.

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), said the ban was in line with the new lockdown measures that were recently announced by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

It said any exemptions would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

“The SRC is well aware of certain on-going, or contemplated, national sports commitments (including qualifiers for international events) and will be in urgent direct communication with the relevant national associations thereof on guidance, and other mitigatory measures, in light of the suspension,” the SRC said.

The Zimbabwe national soccer team is set to take part in the Cosafa Cup, which is scheduled for neighbouring South Africa next month.

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