CAF official inspects Choma stadium

A CONFEDERATION of African Football official on Tuesday conducted inspections at the Choma Independence Stadium to check if Green Eagles FC has met the required standard to host international games.

This is ahead of their Confederation Cup opening match against Young Buffaloes of eSwatini later this month.

CAF official Derek Blanckensee, who is club licensing instructor, arrived at the stadium around 09:00 hours in the company of FAZ clubs licensing manager Erick Mwanza and inspected the pitch, doping room, media centre, officials and teams’ rooms, toilets as well as the surroundings for close to three hours.

Other facilities inspected were Kozo Lodge, Leons Hotel and Golden Pillow Lodge where the visiting teams are expected to lodge, Choma General Hospital and surrounding football grounds earmarked for training.

Blanckensee, who did not divulge his findings to the media, said that according to CAF rules he was not mandated to give official communication through the press.

He, however, advised the media to report according to what they saw during his tour of the stadium.

During the inspection, Blanckensee urged the ZNS sponsored side to erect a separate media stand and ensure that they were given enough space to operate freely.

If CAF approves the stadium’s readiness, Green Eagles is expected to host its first Confederation Cup match on November 27.

The outcome of the inspections will determine whether Green Eagles will qualify to host continental games which they qualified to for the first time in their history.

The team managed by Aggrey Chiyangi is currently camped in Botswana in preparation for the upcoming continental games.

Among the measures Chiyangi took to boost his team for the continental campaign games was to bring in seven new players.

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