By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Local teams have welcomed Government’s decision to officially authorise the return of football in the country.
The exemption of football was confirmed in a statement by the country’s sports governing body, Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).
“The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is pleased to inform the public that nine sports code have been granted an exemption to resume specific activities in order to fulfill critical international and domestic tournaments.
The relevant NSA’s are being informed in a writing by the SRC,” read the statement.
This comes after Government had suspended all sporting activities countrywide in the past week.
This affected football action that had resumed in May through the Chibuku Super Cup tournament, exactly after more than one year of inactivity.
Clubs expressed thier joy on social media platforms.
“No better news than this.
“We welcome the resumption of the Chibuku Super Cup.” “Many thanks to the responsible authorities. ” “Now we can eat (sic) them,” Caps United posted.
2015 domestic league champions, Chicken Inn said, “So now that football is back❤.”️
Bulawayo giants Highlanders FC expressed their gratification to the resumption of football.
Bosso revealed that the the return of football had enticed their team’s headcoach Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu.
“Football is back.
“We resume and those seven points are still valid.”
Technical Manager Mandla Mpofu on the return of football after a brief ban due to rising cases of Covid-19 said, “(I am) Very excited.”
“I want to applaud the Government for giving us the green light.
It’s back to business.
“We didn’t lose much in terms of match fitness.”️
The return of football will see the much coveted Chibuku Super Cup tournament which had reached halfway mark returning with only second legs left to complete the competition.
Apart from Chibuku Super Cup, SRC also cleared the Warriors to begin their preperations for the 2021 historic 20th COSAFA Cup tournament which is slated for 7-18 July at Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa.