Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter
ZIFA has availed before the Appeals Committee a receipt showing a staggering $120 000 as proof of payment for their appeal hearing against vice president Gift Banda with questions lingering on who authorised the upward review of the appeal fees from the previous $3000.
The receipt, serial number 2203, which Chronicle online is in possession of, is dated March 9, 2020 and on the face, just below the signature line, its written, in capital letters APPEAL FEE BANDA CASE.
Payment was made to the Zifa account and it is indicated on the receipt that it was an intra-transfer. However, while it still remains to be seen how Zifa were able to move money from and to the same account through electronic means, the resolution to increase the appeal fees is another mystery as they have not been any congress since the May 25, 2019 meeting.
Appeal fees are rectified by a full congress and Zifa are yet to hold one having postponed the 2020 congress to September due to the Covid-19 pandemic while the issue was never brought for discussion in their last congress in 2019.
Resolutions of the 2019 Zifa Congress held in Harare on May 25, 2019.
- The executive committee resolved to launch an online database called MyZifa in order to curb age cheating in local football
- The congress adopted the 2018 audited financial statements and the proposed 2020 budget
- The congress also approved Caps United’s proposal to amend Article Section 1a to read as follows; The Premier Soccer League consisting of the eighteen (18) members of the Premier Soccer League, each 1 delegate, Article 32 Section 1 was amended to read as follows; There shall be a Premier Soccer League elected chairman in the Zifa executive committee representing the Premier Soccer League
- Youth Leagues will begin in August
- Congress resolved to appoint Auditors for the 2019 financial year from any of the following KMPG, Ernst and Young and Price Waterhouse Coopers
- The congress did not approve PSL season changeover until research and consultations with affiliates has been concluded
- All judicial bodies namely the Appeals Committee, Ethics Committee and Disciplinary Committee were ratified