Project restart: ZIFA sets August/September as possible dates for football to resume

  • Top 80 referees to receive ZWL$2000 Covid-19 relief

ZIMBABWE Football Association (Zifa) Sunday resolved the country’s football season will “probably” resume in August/September should Government announce the complete end of the lockdown any day before the envisaged dates.

The resumption of football activities will also be done in consultation with CAF and FIFA.

“For ZIFA, should the season begin in September such will see us also aligning our football calendar with the rest of the world, “ said Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela in a statement on Monday.

In its meeting on May 3 2020, the ZIFA Emergency Committee resolved to pay, on affiliate members sportsman levy due to the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) for 24 500 registered athletes and officials. The disbursements to the SRC to be done immediately.

The Emergency Committee also resolved that due to Covid-19 the top 80 referees will be paid an allowance of ZWL 2 000 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,” Gwesela said.

“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. In order to ensure all affiliates benefit, those who have not yet paid their affiliation will have their grant set off against their dues to Zifa at which point they will be deemed fully paid up,” he continued.

“Zifa hopes that the money though not sufficient, will go a long way to assist the members. The Executive Committee continues to pursue other means to alleviate the suffering during and post Covid19 for all its stakeholders.”

Meanwhile, Zifa said the path to normalcy shall be derived from the policies implemented by the Government and guidance from CAF and FIFA.

“The Association in supporting the government decision notes that the only important issue at the moment is the safety and health of all football stakeholders and the nation as a whole. Zifa is confident that football action will return soon to play its part in the healing and resuscitating our beautiful nation,” Gwesela said.

The threat posed by the virus is real and we advise all stakeholders to remain vigilant and patient as the battle against covid-19 draws to an inevitable end.”

The football governing body said it is indebted to many football stakeholders both institutional and individuals who have used their role model appeal to reach out to the public with messages of hope and advice on how to fight the pandemic with some going to the extent of raising financial and material assistance to fight the scourge.

This show of unity is unparalleled and must be commended, Gwesela said.

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