The Zimbabwe Football Association has announced that will pay affiliation fees for over 24,500 footballers and officials that are due to the country’s supreme sports governing body.
In announcing measures aimed at cushioning football from the effects of Covid-19 Zifa said the money due to the Sports and Recreation Commission will be paid immediately.
“It was also resolved that due to Covid-19 the top 80 referees to be paid an allowance of ZWL 2 000.00 each since some of them were not formally employed.
“Moreover, the Emergency Committee also authorised the disbursements of an administration grant to all affiliate members to help mitigate the Covid19 effects. The quantum of the grant per affiliate is equivalent to the 2020 subscription fees paid or payable by the respective affiliate. The grant will be immediately disbursed to all paid up members and will be deducted from Zifa administration operations budget for 2020,” said the soccer governing body.
Turning to action on the field of play Zifa hinted that Zimbabwe is likely to have an August to May football season.
“ZIFA is confident that football action will return soon to play its part in the healing and resuscitating our beautiful nation.
“In its meeting on the 3rd of May 2020, the ZIFA Emergency Committee also noted that other football associations were planning to resume football operations around August/September 2020 and has tentatively set this date as to when our leagues will commence should our Government announce the complete end of the lockdown any day before the envisaged dates.
“For ZIFA, should the season begin in September such will see us also aligning our football calendar with the rest of the world,” added Zifa.