3 clubs to lose points over fees
THREE out of eight Zifa Southern Region Division One Soccer League clubs will lose points on 3-0 scorelines after failing to pay part of their affiliation fees or come up with payment plans to settle their outstanding bills.
The Zifa Southern Region is sticking to their threat to forfeit points from teams that owe affiliation fees.
Zifa Southern Region on Wednesday gave eight teams, ZRP Bulawayo, Ntabazinduna, ZRP Hwange, Hwange Juniors, Victoria Falls Tigers, Black Boots, Technosphere and Bosso 90 up to the end of Thursday to clear their outstanding affiliation fees or lose three points on 3-0 score lines for their weekend games.
The teams that failed to pay part of the affiliation fees or make payment plans are ZRP Hwange, Hwange Juniors and Technosphere.
Bryton Malandule, Zifa Southern Region board member responsible for finance, said the association had either received payments or accepted payment plans from Bosso 90, Ntabazinduna, Victoria Falls Tigers, ZRP Bulawayo and Black Boots.
“Two matches, the ZRP Hwange versus Hwange Juniors and Black Boots against Technosphere have been cancelled.
“ZRP Hwange, Hwange Juniors and Technosphere will all lose points because they didn’t communicate or submit payment plans.
“If they miss next week’s games because of nonpayment of the affiliation fees they risk being booted out of the league,” said Malandule.
First Division affiliation fees are pegged at $2 500 for old teams with new clubs paying $3 000 and most of the teams owe the league over $1 500.
Malandule defended his board’s decision to deduct points from the teams that owe the league.
“People should understand that we’re a board that believes in dialogue and football development.
“In a way our decision worked because almost all the teams made some part payments and came up with concrete plans to pay the balance. Leaving those teams to play without paying was not fair on those that paid,” said Malandule.
Meanwhile, leaders Bantu Rovers will this afternoon play Indlovu Iyanyathela at Luveve Stadium with second placed Bulawayo Chiefs taking on ZRP Bulawayo at Fairbridge.
Rueben Kumpasa, ZRU national women’s development manager