2 February 2013

Zambia: ZTA Turns to State Over Debt

THE newly-elected Zambia Tennis Association (ZTA) executive will seek the Government and the corporate world's help to unbundle the staggering US$18,000 (about KR95,000) debt owed to international governing authorities.

ZTA president Francis Musonda said there was need for the association to come up with a strategy on how the debt could be cleared.

Musonda said in Kitwe yesterday that the association would have its first executive committee meeting on February 9 this year in Lusaka to come up with an action plan for the year.

He said ZTA wanted to tackle the debt issue by seeking help from the Government through the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) and the business community.

ZTA owes the International Tennis Federation (ITF) US$14,000 (about KR74,000) and US$4,000 (about KR21,000) to the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) in annual subscription fees.

The previous ZTA executive led by Tolani Zulu struggled to clear the arrears, opting to be paying in tits and bits to ensure Zambia continued receiving support from ITF.

Zulu said the association went into a payment plan with ITF and that in December last year, ZTA made a paltry US$600 (about KR 3,100) payment to the global governing body.

ZTA is supposed to pay ITF US$4,000 per annum in subscription fees.

And Musonda said the executive, which was elected on January 26, would also strategise on how best tennis could be revived in Zambia.

He said members of the ZTA executive would conduct a nationwide tour of tennis clubs to help resuscitate 'the sleepy' clubs like Choma, Mazabuka and Livingstone.

Musonda said ZTA would also try to woo sponsors to partner with the association in supporting tennis activities this year.

He also reaffirmed the executive's commitment to ensure the revived Zambia Open Championship was staged again this year.

The Zambia Open was staged for the first time in over 20 years last year with local ace Edgar Kazembe winning the championship.

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