Defaulting soccer clubs face heavy ZIFA sanctioning

Sports Writer


MARONDERA- Clubs that owe ZIFA Mashonaland East may be barred from taking part in the
2023 Division 2 league season if they fail to pay up their affiliation fees for last season in full.
The affiliation fees were US$650 for clubs that had already been in the system while new
teams were expected to fork out US$750.

Champions FC Hunters, Chivhu, Kotwa United, Rusununguko, Hukuru, Ben Academy,
Naireshanzi, Sambok, Juru Students, Kanyongo, Ruwa Sports, Auto Beatrice and All Stars are
clubs that made up the league last season.
It has since emerged that most of those clubs only paid part of their affiliation and were
allowed to play having made payment plans which they failed to fulfill.
The association is owed more than US$8 000.
ZIFA Mashonaland East chairman Oscar Tsvuura told this publication that the issue will be
among the top items on the agenda of this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held
in Marondera this month.
“We are owed a lot of money and failure by some clubs to pay their affiliation fees last term
impacted negatively on our operations. We have bills that need to be paid for office rentals,
electricity, water, meetings, stationery and other miscellaneous but we had to squeeze
through with the little that we got from some clubs.
“All teams that owe us may not be allowed to play until they have cleared their debts or
they may be asked to pay the affiliation fees plus certain percentage of the arrears where
they will asked to make a staggered payment over a period of time. The item will fully be
discussed at our AGM which is going to be held in two weeks time,” said Tsvuura.
The AGM will be held with new and old clubs. Three unnamed clubs have since been
elevated from the Division 3 league.
Affiliation fees structure for the upcoming season will be decided at the AGM. According to
the province’s ZIFA boss, new teams are just paying a deposit and will top up when new fees
have been approved.

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