The president of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), Felton Kamambo revealed that there was some proposition by the Ministry of Sports to bring back the popular sport back but in a mini league format.

Kamambo communicated the development at a press conference on the country’s preparedness for the return of football activities in the awake of the COVID-19 pandemic which was held in Harare.

The Minister of Sports proposed the adoption of a safe concept that we see games played in a bio-bubble environment.

This implies that the season will be undertaken at a central location which is relatively isolated from the outside world to minimize the risk of infection.

The ZIFA president made it clear that the most popular sport in the country which has been on hold for the past six months owing to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions was set for a return with only few matters waiting to be finalized before making official announcement.

The game had been classified under “high risk” sports because of its high contact nature.

However, ZIFA made an application last week for exemptions in anticipation of the imminent return of international football. The football authorities proposed that the Premier Soccer League begin mid-next month.

The Sports Commission has made it clear that ZIFA’s application has to meet the requisite guidelines for the safe return to play, which takes into consideration the health and safety of players, officials, fans and all stakeholders.

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