Zifa pushing away sponsors

HARARE - The income and expenditure statement released by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) this week after the Guinea match is another reminder that our football is slowly dying a natural death as control of the game remains in wrong hands.

It is there for everyone to see that our football is managed by a clueless leadership.

The latest irregularities are likely to push potential sponsors further away from the game that has long suffered from sponsor-deficiency.

The Warriors attracted one of the biggest crowds seen at Rufaro Stadium in recent years but shockingly, the association claims to have recorded a $12 481 loss.

In its income and expenditure statement for the Group L Qualifier against Guinea, which ended in one-all stalemate, Zifa claims the clash attracted a paying crowd of 25 713, grossing $88 542 while trying to incorporate costs from the previous national team assignments. The association’s expenditure sheet has since raised questions on the misrepresentation of facts on the part of Zifa by declaring a loss when they in fact made a profit.

Zifa included costs unrelated to the Guinea match in some instances. The major highlight is the claim that the association paid $3 000 to Herentals College for bus hire. Instead, Herentals College donated the bus for the association’s use prior to the game and even provided another bus for use by the visitors during their stay in the country.

Again, despite receiving $20 000 from Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder Prophet Walter Magaya, specifically for the players’ allowances, Zifa claim to have paid players $22 000 in its income expenditure from the gate takings, something which has ignited the chorus that the Zifa board must go.

The levels of financial dishonesty at Zifa have reached alarming levels and Zimbabwean football risks losing more sponsors, including the few that had stood with the association during these trying times.

What is clear is that we have a football leadership that doesn’t value the game. That people have cried, loud and clear, that they probably have the worst football leaders in the history of this game is there for the record and it’s high time we get rid of them.

Cuthbert Dube is under immense pressure to throw in the towel, especially after the Warriors were banned from the 2018 World Cup, providing another painful reminder of how the leadership has failed a nation keen to see its team at the world football showcase.

This is the reason why Zifa must ask why sponsors are running away from them. It is not that the Warriors are failing to produce results but it is clear the fans are not happy with the poor administration at 53 Livingstone Avenue. Fans are tired of the continuous blundering of the current Zifa board. Good administration attracts a lot of sponsors.

Comments (2)

cashbert dube must resign from running this association because he has failed us.instead of promoting football he is busy amassing the nation s money.

hungwe - 14 September 2015

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