Ap­proach Zifa for fees re­duc­tion, PSL clubs urged

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ngqwele Dube Sports Correspondent

PREMIER Soc­cer League teams have a bet­ter chance of suc­cess­fully lob­by­ing the po­lice and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to re­duce ser­vice charges if they go through Zifa.

Zifa South­ern Re­gion’s Tumediso Mokoena feels the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion is in a bet­ter po­si­tion to deal with the topflight clubs’ pleas.

Mokoena said he won­dered why clubs don’t ta­ble the is­sue be­fore the Zifa As­sem­bly so that it is dealt with at a higher level.

PSL clubs have been cry­ing foul over charges by the po­lice for se­cu­rity and sta­dium ren­tals charged by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, com­plain­ing that they are the two big­gest ex­penses eat­ing into their gate tak­ings rev­enue, which most clubs sur­vive on.

“I won­der why PSL clubs are quiet about these ex­penses when they are trou­bled by them. We know charges for sta­dium ren­tals and the po­lice are neg­a­tively af­fect­ing them, but they are not tabling the is­sue at the Zifa As­sem­bly so that we ap­proach line min­istries and deal with it at a higher level,” said Mokoena.

“We have only seen re­ports in the me­dia, but noth­ing has come to Zifa, which I be­lieve can ef­fec­tively deal with the is­sue. Teams are strug­gling and they can do well with re­duced charges.”

Teams in Harare got a re­prieve af­ter the Harare City Coun­cil re­duced rates from 20 per­cent to 15 per­cent of gross sta­dium gate tak­ings, while the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has re­jected sev­eral re­quests from High­landers to lower charges. Po­lice are paid per hour, with the amount de­pen­dant on one’s rank, hence charges vary de­pend­ing on the pro­file and se­cu­rity risk of the match.

In a high pro­file match be­tween High­landers and Dy­namos played on Septem­ber 11 at Bar­bour­fields, Bosso grossed $44 859, but BCC re­ceived the big­gest chunk of $8 971.80, while the po­lice got $2 775.30.

Af­ter all match day ex­penses, in­clud­ing statu­tory levies for Zifa, the Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion and PSL had been de­ducted, the club was left with $20 185.

Most lo­cal clubs use lo­cal author­ity sta­di­ums. Clubs have been com­plain­ing that de­spite be­ing the main at­trac­tion to soc­cer matches, ser­vice providers and levies eat into the bet­ter part of their in­come, which they heav­ily rely on for match prepa­ra­tion and pay­ing their play­ers.

Mokoena said it was un­for­tu­nate lo­cal clubs were strug­gling to turn pro­fes­sional and earn all their cash from foot­ball.

“I think we are still op­er­at­ing at a so­cial level be­cause you find clubs in other coun­tries such as South Africa play­ing in empty sta­di­ums, but teams make their money. Here we are still re­liant on gate tak­ings,” he said.

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