Harare - After seven months of football silence in Zimbabwe thanks to COVID-19, the beautiful game resumes.
However, only premier league and national team action – for both men and women – has been given the green light, with matches being played in bio-bubbles that preclude spectators and require adherence to stringent health protocols.
A memo from the country's Sports and Recreation Commission says, "The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation approved the gradual and phased resumption of football activities effective the 16th October 2020 in line with provisions of Statutory Instrument 200 of 2020.
"The resumption of football shall take the format of the mini-league using the bubble concept adopted by yourselves."
The Zimbabwe football season ended in December 2019 and a new term was supposed to start in March this year.
As teams prepared for kick-off, COVID-19 made landfall in Africa and many governments, including Zimbabwe’s, instituted lockdowns that put sporting activity on ice.