The Herald (Harare)

28 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Zifa to Levy Assembly Contestants

THE perennially cash-strapped Zifa is proposing to levy a fee on people wishing to contest for posts within the Zifa Assembly as part of a raft of measures aimed at raising funds for the association.

Zifa is more than US$4 million in the red and has been advised by Fifa to find alternative ways of raising income instead of moving around with a begging bowl all the time.

During a Zifa Assembly meeting in the capital on Saturday, the football association pointed out that it expects to raise US$2,6 million against their projected expenditure of US$2,4 million for this year.

As a way of raising some of the money, Zifa is understood to be mooting to sell their house in Kensington and raise money that should be used as seed capital for the proposed Warriors Trust.

The ambitious Warriors Trust is a board expected to be unveiled soon with a mandate of mobilising resources for football activities from the grassroots to the senior national team.

According to some councillors who attended the meeting, the house in Kensington has been given a market value of around US$250 000 but at the moment it has been generating US$600 per month.

During the presentation of the budget, it was proposed that we sell the house in Kensington and then use the money to kick-start the Trust.

"All the current debts at Zifa will then be transferred to the Warriors Trust," said the councillor.

The Assembly also heard that anyone willing to contest for a seat in the council will have to fork out the stipulated fees.

"It came out that anyone who wants to contest for any place in the Zifa board has to deposit US$800.

"Zifa elections are coming next year and all those who harbour ambitions to be in the board should be prepared to part with US$800 for their papers to be accepted.

"Then anyone who wants to be in the Premiership Board could pay US$600 and I understand it's US$300 for the regions.

"A figure of US$300 has also been tabled for people who want to contest for positions in the women's executive while candidates in the provinces and the affiliates like referees, medics and coaches will pay US$150 to contest for the assembly positions," said the sources.

The same meeting on Saturday also heard that local players, coaches, medics and managers would, starting this season, be required to pay a registration fee.

"Depending on the level of competition, various fees have been set aside.

"A player in the Premiership is going to pay US$100 while those in Division One will pay US$40 each."

A fee of US$30 has been proposed for women's soccer players while Division Two teams should part with US$20 for each player to be registered with Zifa.

Zifa are also seeking to raise part of their money from a US$100 fee on the technical staff of a PSL side while Division One teams will part with half the amount for each official. Match officials will be targeted as well as an official on the Fifa panel will pay US$200 while those on the Zifa panel will fork out $150 with a Class One referee parting with US$100 which should go directly to the association.

Levies for the PSL have been increased from 1 percent to 8 percent as Zifa seek more ways of raising cash other than seeking for donations from the corporate world.

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