NEWLY-promoted Zifa Central Division One side Nkayi United Football Club risk losing the slot as they are struggling to raise $4 750 affiliation fees.
The deadline was last week Saturday. Nkayi United, formed in 2012 finished second in Division Two in its first season.
However, the side was notified of its promotion on March 7.
Club secretary Benias Ncube told Southern Eye Sport in Nkayi on Wednesday that they are urgently appealing for funds.
“We did not expect to be promoted to Division One as we finished second and already began preparing for division one football. We were only told on March 7 through a phone that we have been promoted to Division One. We cannot afford to lose this rare opportunity. We are really appealing for $4 750 to affiliate,” Ncube said.
Player registration closes on March 26. Ncube said they are running the team from several businessmen’s pockets.
Club treasurer Arthur Mlozi said the team currently have no money.
“Our balance sheet is close to zero. We need funds from locals and outside. We are taking any amount,” he said.
Mlozi said by not raising the funds they would have sold out and ruined careers of the players.
“It’s an opportunity for Nkayi people to be exposed. We really need to raise the funds” he said.
However, despite financial challenges, the team is multi-talented. The league’s top goalscorer last season was Muziwakhe Dlamini, younger brother to former Highlanders player, Dalisizwe Dlamini.