The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have ruled the Harare National Sports Stadium as below the required international standards.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed that the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo has been temporarily been approved ahead of the Harare venue. CAF additionally warned that failure to upgrade the venues may force the Warriors to play home games in neighbouring countries.
"Caf has even warned us that failure to upgrade the stadiums could mean that in future we will be forced to play our home matches in neighbouring countries," ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela told the BBC.
"We always have been appealing to owners of the stadiums and the local authorities to upgrade their stadiums, and we now have a crisis," added Gwesela.
"We have been notified by Caf that major renovations will be needed for the National Sports Stadium NSS and Mandava for them to meet their standards."
Meanwhile, FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced an initiative to raise and construct $1bn venues in every African country - stadiums that will meet FIFA’s international standards.
Zimbabwe’s next and only confirmed home game will come in August 2020 against African champions Algeria in an AFCON 2021 Qualifier.
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