Zifa debt: Who's fooling who?

HARARE - The Fifa development officer for Southern Africa Ashford Mamelodi will be confronted by a shambolic creditors list when he arrives this week to help Zifa address their finances.

Mamelodi will be in the country to see how the cash-strapped association is implementing their much hyped strategic plan and alleviate their ballooning debt which has risen to $6 million.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube appealed to the association’s creditors to give them a bit more time as they try to put their house in order.

“Much as it is not a secret that Zifa has serious financial problems – with a debt of nearly $6 million – l would also like to assure all our creditors and suppliers that my board remains committed to servicing all debts assumed under this council’s current tenure, and those inherited in March 2010.

“As stated earlier, this repayment plan is not only anchored in our four-year strategic plan (SP), but continuous engagement with our creditors and debtors as well.”

However, the Daily News on Sunday has seen a copy of the Zifa’s creditors complied on April 11 this year which has a breakdown of all the money the association owes to various service providers, current and ex-employees together with government bodies.

The first anomaly on the list is the money owed to Buymore Investments, a company owned by Dube, which loaned a total of $869 044.30 to the association.

The Zifa president is on record starting that part of the money he loaned the association went to pay for the national team’s travel expenses for various trips and the Asiagate match-fixing scandal Ethics Committee chaired by retired Justice  Ahmed Ebrahim.

However, it appears that Ebrahim’s Committee never received the any payments despite Dube’s claims that part of his loan went to pay for the Asiagate march fixing investigations.

Ebrahim’s committee is owed $554 211 on the list has resorted to going to the High Court to force Zifa to make the payment.

Another anomaly on the Zifa creditors list is the fact that former Warriors coach Norman Mapeza is listed twice.

Mapeza is suing Zifa for $245 000 after he was unceremoniously sideline as the Zimbabwe national team coach back in 2012.

This variance means the coach, who is now in charge of Castle Premiership side FC Platinum, is owed $490 000.

There is also a $17 270 loan advanced to the association by former Warriors coach Charles Mhlauri.

It is not clear from the document how Mhlauri, who was Warriors coach between 2004 and 2007, and Zifa entered into this loan agreement.

Also on the list is a sum of $179 345.37 which has been attributed to the allowances owed to volunteers for the 2011 Cosafa Women’s Championship hosted by Zimbabwe.

Usually, the body tournament’s Local Organising Committee is the one who should be responsible for making payments for these services not the host association.

According to the list, Zifa also owes the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) at least $161 431.66 in unpaid Pay As You Earn taxes deducted from its employees’ salaries.

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is owed $108 382.46 as part of the six percent levy from gate receipts for all national team matches.

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