BELEAGUERED former Premier Soccer League giants Zimbabwe Saints will be out of action for the third week in Division One as they are yet to clear arrears with Zifa Southern Region.
Board member Bryton Malandule yesterday said Zimbabwe Saints owed Zifa more than $5 000, which includes this year’s affiliation fees of $2 500 and last year’s Zifa licences and match fees.
Malandule said he could not spell out what action would be taken against the former big club, but they could not continue being sustained by other clubs and will not be fixtured.
“Officially, we have stopped their games until they clear their arrears. Last week what they paid was just match fees for their last home match, but they still have outstanding monies from last year that include Zifa licences. They paid their affiliation fees last year, but they have not paid this year. I don’t have the exact figure off hand but they owe over $5 000. I cannot say what action will be taken against them, but they cannot go for over four matches without paying.
“They cannot be subsidised by other clubs. It is not fair. The ball is in their court,” Malandule said.
Zimbabwe Saints were supposed to host Black Boots tomorrow, but the fixture has been postponed once against after the last two matches against Tsholotsho FC at home and Mpumalanga away were also deferred with Chikwata still owing the Zifa Southern Region.
Kabwe Warriors promoted from the Zifa Matabeleland North Province Division Two, is one other team which has been guilty of failing to fulfill away fixtures and tomorrow they will host neighbours Mpumalanga in Hwange.
Tomorrow: Kabwe Warriors v Mpumalanga (Hwange),
Zimbabwe Saints v Black Boots (postponed),
Trumus v P/Cement (Vic Falls),
Hwange Juniors v ZPC Hwange (Hwange),
Quelaton v Technosphere (Nust),
Old Nic Mine v New West City (Old Nic Mine),
Ntabazinduna Prison v Plumtree Chiefs (Ntabazinduna),
Elephant FC v Tsholotsho FC (Brady Barracks)