Namibia have revealed that they might have to pull out of forthcoming World Cup qualifiers unless FIFA inspectors pass fit the only available stadium in the capital Windhoek.
The Independence Stadium was declared unfit to host World Cup games by a FIFA inspection team last year.
It leaves Namibia facing the prospect of playing their Group Two home matches against Zimbabwe on May 31 and Guinea on June 14 on neutral territory.
But Namibia Football Association general secretary Barry Rukaro said that thecosts of playing at a neutral venue might be prohibitive.
“Apart from losing home ground advantage, we are not sure if we can afford to play in a neighbouring country, which is an expensive logistical exercise,” he said.
“We are working with FIFA and the Namibia government to solve the problem but we are not hopeful,” he added.
Also under threat of losing the right to host upcoming World Cup qualifiers are Benin, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Mali, Sierra Leone and Zambia, as FIFA clamp down on inadequate facilities.