Mutumwa Mawere warns Kirsty Coventry

BUSINESSMAN Mutumwa Mawere has warned Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation minister Kirsty Coventry following her “reckless social media statement” where she described as “nonsense” some locals’ opinions around the country’s banned stadiums.

Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo and Zvishavane’s Mandava Stadium were condemned after failing to make improvements recommended by Caf following stadium inspections last November.

The National Sports Stadium has also been trashed, with the damning report produced by the continental governing body’s inspection team concluding that the facility in its current state was unfit to be used by professional footballers.

“We all know that the stadiums in Zimbabwe have been deteriorating for ages, but it is now my responsibility to make sure we fix this mess. Overnight solutions will not work, but know that I am on it. I will keep you posted, so don’t listen to other nonsense out there,” Coventry said on her official Twitter handle on Thursday.

While she was appreciated by a section of her followers for accepting responsibility, many took exception to her choice of the word “nonsense,” in the statement. The post had attracted over 1 200 comments as of yesterday.

Her statement did not go down with many of her followers, with Mawere cautioning her, saying: “Please be modest. Problems that are older than you and me will take more than slogans and an individual to fix.

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“Look beyond your circle of control and influence to know better that wishing problems away is futile and fatal. The centre is not holding and will not hold.”

Caf gave a long list of areas that need to be improved on for the three stadiums to meet the required standard.

Some of the requirements include setting up media facilities, fridges in referees rooms, internet connectivity, and bucket seats.

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