FOCUS shifts back to the chaos and controversy endemic in local soccer following the Warriors’ inglorious exit from the Nations Cup with fans who failed to travel to Tunisia battling to get reim
IndependentSport gathered this week that over $1,5 billion and about US$50 000 paid by more than 100 fans who failed to travel a fortnight ago was exhausted during the tour.
Fans paid $1,5 million and US$500 per individual to book a seat on the plane.
However, political meddling and poor planning led to about 100 fans being left behind at the Harare International Airport.
Zifa chief executive officer Edgar Rodgers on Wednesday couldn’t confirm whether the money to reimburse the fans was available.
“We will establish whether the money is available now as well as the figures after meeting with Air Zimbabwe and assessing the whole issue,” said Rodgers. “I have been speaking to Air Zimbabwe this afternoon (Wednesday) about the issue but we are yet to finalise the matter. We are committed to sorting out the issue immediately.”
Efforts to obtain comment from Air Zimbabwe managing director Rambai Chingwena were unsuccessful.
Confusion was com-pounded by the involvement of too many organisations and individuals. In addition to Zifa and Air Zimbabwe, there was also the Warriors Trust formed last year by Information minister Jonathan Moyo which had been purporting to organise the travel arrangements.
At the time of departure, Zanu PF’s Joseph Chinotimba assumed control of arrangements claiming government had chipped in with funds. He allegedly victimised fans and journalists perceived to be on the wrong side of the political divide, leaving many behind.