TROUBLED Zimbabwe Saints have reportedly made an undisclosed part-payment of the $5 900 they owe to the Zifa Southern Region as they seek to continue the campaign in the Division One league.
The claims were made by the club’s organising secretary Jabulani Chinyangarara yesterday, but their weekend tie away to Mpumalanga in Hwange remained postponed. Chinyangarara, who is Zifa board member responsible for fixtures, said part of the debt was paid by the club vice-chairman Ishmael Kaguru, but was paid late on Wednesday after the fixtures were already out.
“We have since made part payment of money that we owe to Zifa. That was made by the vice-chairman Kaguru late yesterday (Wednesday). All in all, we owed Zifa $5 900 including the monies owed to the referees, but I cannot say how much was paid,” Chinyangarara said.
Zifa Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza said he was not aware if Zimbabwe Saints had made any payments and referred this reporter to administrator Augustine Ndlovu, who said he was away in Harare and was yet to make confirmation from staff at the office.
Last week Zimbabwe Saints’ match against Tsholotsho FC was postponed as they still owed Zifa $2 500 in affiliation fees and still had not paid referees for some of their home matches from last year, including the last home match this year.
On Wednesday, Mandaza had no kind words for Zimbabwe Saints.
“They have to comply with the set rules of the association. They have to comply with the provisions of Zifa. They have not complied and there is no way we can allow them to continue. We have given them enough time. They cannot be subsidised by other teams. We do not want them wasting other people’s time,” Mandaza said.
Meanwhile, New West City’s match against Ntabazinduna Prison meant for tomorrow was postponed as the uniformed forces team had written to Zifa to seek rescheduling of the game.
Some of their players have other work commitments. Pacesetters Plumtree Chiefs, who lead the standings with 10 points from four matches, will entertain Elephant FC at Raylton Sports Club tomorrow.
Hwange-based Technosphere, on second spot with eight points, will host Old Nic Mine in the coal mining town while ZPC Hwange, also with eight points, take on Quelaton. Tsholotsho FC, who had their game against Zimbabwe Saints last week postponed and sit on position four with seven points from three matches, are home to Kabwe Warriors.
In other matches slated for tomorrow, Black Boots clash with Trumus in Fairbridge while Portland Cement are home to Hwange Juniors.