7 Bafa teams walked over

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

SEVEN Bu­l­awayo Am­a­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Bafa) teams were walked over yes­ter­day for fail­ing to pay at least 75 per­cent of their af­fil­i­a­tion fees.

Mpilo, Eleven Stars, Cru­saders, Dy­namic Diesel, Rebels, Seven War­riors and United FC failed to meet the Oc­to­ber 13 dead­line set to pay at least three­quar­ters of the $150 re­quired by Bafa.

“Teams were ad­vised that those who have not paid at least 75 per­cent in af­fil­i­a­tion fees will be walked over and the dead­line for pay­ment was on Oc­to­ber 13. We have been pa­tient enough as the as­so­ci­a­tion. We un­der­stood the eco­nomic hard­ships and that is why we asked all teams to pay at least three-quar­ters of the af­fil­i­a­tion fee”, said Bafa board mem­ber Peter Chikepe.

“Teams, how­ever, seem to have taken ad­van­tage of our pa­tience, leav­ing us with no choice but to have all those who did not pay to be walked over. They must un­der­stand that we are try­ing very hard to make this league as pro­fes­sional as pos­si­ble, hence the need to abide by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s rules.”

As a re­sult, Anolle Cast­ings, Lad­uma, Safe­guard, Se­curico, SBC Fal­cons and Vipers were all awarded three points each.

Chikepe said some teams tried to re­spond at the last minute, but it was too late as the Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium out­side grounds had al­ready been booked. He re­it­er­ated that only those that have paid would be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in league games next week.

The only match played this week­end saw Nga Chron­i­cle beat­ing Unity Vil­lage 2-1. Say­more Mpofu and Tino Chakanyuka were on tar­get for Nga Chron­i­cle, while Unity Vil­lage scored through Limukani Ndlovu. — @khumza­llen

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