Zifa to reward players

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is looking at ways to help reward national team players after recent success by both the Warriors and  Mighty Warriors.

Last month, the women’s team became the first local football team to qualify for the Olympic Games when they booked their place at next year’s games.

On the other hand, their male counterparts, the Warriors successfully sealed a fourth straight berth to the African Nations Championships (Chan) when they qualified for the tournament to be held in Rwanda early next year.

Zifa, through their newly-found local marketing and advertising partner, OpenMinds Digital (Pvt) Ltd are looking at possible ways to reward both teams and their technical personnel.

“Both the men’s and the women’s senior national teams have recently done the nation proud by performing well on separate world stages,” Openminds director Darren Thompson said in a statement.

“The men’s team qualified in Lesotho for the 2016 Rwanda-hosted African Nations Championship (Chan), while the women’s team qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games, an achievement no Zimbabwean national team has managed since the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

“As an act of initial engagement OpenMinds is looking to raise funds to reward, repay and provide further incentives to both the senior national teams for their outstanding performances and is positioned to offer significant sponsorship opportunities in return.

“An amount is being sought that would see all players and technical teams being paid and reimbursements for expenses incurred that include airfares, accommodation and administration.”

In order to maintain accountability, PricewaterhouseCoopers have been tasked with administering the bank account dedicated for this fundraising exercise.

“Under the scrutiny of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a dedicated bank account has been set up to receive and distribute in an accountable manner, all monies that potential sponsors or well-wishers may care to involve or contribute,” said Thompson.

“It is imperative that this is the only channel that funds are received through and not via Zifa or any affiliated associations. Sponsors, well-wishers and other parties should contact PwC for account details.”

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