Zifa fees debtors brace for points for­fei­ture

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League cham­pi­onship race could be headed for tur­moil fol­low­ing the Zifa South­ern Re­gion’s pro­posal to for­feit points from teams that owe af­fil­i­a­tion fees.

Zifa South­ern Re­gion gave eight teams, ZRP Bu­l­awayo, Ntabazin­duna, ZRP Hwange, Hwange Ju­niors, Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers, Black Boots, Tech­no­sphere and Bosso 90 up to the end of yes­ter­day to clear their out­stand­ing af­fil­i­a­tion fees or lose three points on 3-0 score lines for their week­end games.

Bry­ton Ma­lan­d­ule, Zifa South­ern Re­gion board mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for fi­nance, said the teams would be al­lowed to ful­fil their fix­tures if they pay or sub­mit ac­cept­able pay­ment plans for the out­stand­ing fees.

“The teams that won’t be al­lowed to play un­less they pay part of the out­stand­ing af­fil­i­a­tion fees are those that owe in ex­cess of $1 500.

“If they miss three con­sec­u­tive weeks be­cause of failure to pay af­fil­i­a­tion fees, these teams will be chucked out of the league.

“Fi­nan­cial abil­ity is a key as­pect of run­ning a club ac­cord­ing to Fifa Club Li­cens­ing and if these clubs are fail­ing to meet their fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions then they don’t de­serve to be in the league,” said Ma­lan­d­ule.

He said some of the teams have also been fail­ing to pay match of­fi­cials’ fees.

First Di­vi­sion af­fil­i­a­tion fees are pegged at $2 500 for old teams with new clubs pay­ing $3 000.

Bosso 90 have since paid their af­fil­i­a­tion fees and will face cham­pi­onship con­tenders Ama­ga­gasi in Vic­to­ria Falls on Sun­day.

The danger posed by bar­ring teams ow­ing af­fil­i­a­tion fees from play­ing is that it would give an un­fair ad­van­tage to some teams in the cham­pi­onship race.

League lead­ers Bantu Rovers, Bu­l­awayo Chiefs and Ama­ga­gasi are vy­ing for the ti­tle and are yet to play teams that haven’t paid af­fil­i­a­tion in re­verse fix­tures.

If Zifa sus­pends teams that are ow­ing, it means that Rovers, who are sit­ting at the top of the ta­ble with 47 points from 21 matches, will get 12 ‘free’ points in their re­main­ing nine games for fix­tures against Ntabazin­duna, Tech­no­sphere, Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers and Black Boots.

Rovers will only play Indlovu Iyany­athela to­mor­row, Bosso 90, Makomo and ZPC Hwange.

Bu­l­awayo Chiefs will gain 15 ‘free’ points, mean­ing they will close the three-point gap and go level on points with Rovers, leav­ing the ti­tle to be de­cided on goal dif­fer­ence in the event that both teams win all their re­main­ing games.

Chiefs’ op­po­nents that face ex­pul­sion for fail­ing to pay out­stand­ing af­fil­i­a­tion fees are ZRP Bu­l­awayo, Tech­no­sphere, Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers, Black Boots and Ntabazin­duna.

Chiefs’ other op­po­nents from their re­main­ing nine fix­tures are Makomo, ZPC Hwange, Ama­ga­gasi and Bosso 90.

Third on the ta­ble Ama­ga­gasi, who are tied on 44 points with Chiefs, will ben­e­fit the least.

Ama­ga­gasi can only re­ceive nine “free” points for matches against ZRP Bu­l­awayo, ZRP Hwange and Hwange Ju­niors. The am­bi­tious Vic­to­ria Falls club’s other matches are against Bosso 90, Cas­myn, Talen Vi­sion, Chiefs, Indlovu Iyany­athela and Rovers.

To­mor­row: Cas­myn v Talen Vi­sion (Turk Mine), ZRP Bu­l­awayo Province v Bu­l­awayo Chiefs (can­celled), Bantu Rovers v Indlovu Iyany­athela (Lu­veve), ZPC Hwange v Ntabazin­duna (can­celled), ZRP Hwange v Hwange Ju­niors (can­celled), Makomo v Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers (can­celled) ***Can­celled pend­ing pay­ment of out­stand­ing af­fil­i­a­tion fees— @ZililoR.

Bry­ton Ma­lan­d­ule, Zifa South­ern Re­gion board mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for fi­nance

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