The government has responded to the cash issue by announcing that they will introduce ‘bond notes’, but locals fear that these will be no better than the Zimbabwe dollar, which achieved world record levels of hyper-inflation in 2008. The running joke on social media was that these ‘bond notes’ were just Zimbabwe dollars that had gone to private school.

These difficulties were what the friend was referring to in his email. The economic decay can be seen in the usual places, such as the potholed roads and the empty shops around town. Those without employment mill around, or join the ranks of the informal sector. At every intersection there is at least one person trying to sell airtime for your phone, flags or selfie sticks. Whilst having lunch at a respectable hotel in town on Friday, a man approached to ask for money so that he could phone his relatives abroad and request a money transfer. Times are tight.

But in time honoured Zimbabwe fashion – as the email suggested – there is also a jovial atmosphere to be found in some places. Saturday’s game saw the ground around three-quarters full, and afterwards the pub at Harare Sports Club was carnage as even more people piled in. There was barely space to stand as a DJ thumped out his tunes and liquor flowed. No matter how bleak the going may be, the Zimbabwean desire for beer and good times in the sun never fails.