After successfully completing the Fifa Goal Project at the Zifa Village, the football governing body has shifted attention to the construction of provincial offices under the same banner.
BY BRIAN NKIWANE
Zifa is set to engage municipal authorities around the country where they have provincial offices in a bid to acquire land to begin the project.
This move was agreed on at one of the Zifa board meetings after it emerged that renting offices was bleeding the association’s coffers.
Zifa president Cuthbert Dube said the board had agreed to move with speed and make sure construction begins.
“We have just discovered that we cannot continue with this situation. These are some of the things that we have been discussing with provincial leadership in all the provinces that we have visited so far in our ‘Tour of Provinces’ journey,” Dube said.
The Zifa board team has been touring provinces in the past weeks having visited Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Midlands.
“We are going to preach the same gospel in other provinces. Our next stops will be in Hwange, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Manicaland.”
The Zifa president has for the past three years availed US$500 grants to all provincial offices on a quarterly basis but said they were not enough to keep business going.
“I have been giving grants of US$500 to every provincial office quarterly that have been assisting in the payment of rentals but this has proved to not work hence we taking this route. Sometimes we end up having problems with property owners over unpaid rentals. So we want land to build our own offices now that the Zifa Village Goal Projects is done,” Dube said.
Standardsport has gathered that provincial Zifa offices are paying rentals ranging from US$300 to US$600, depending on the town of location.
“To be specific, our Marondera office for example, is paying US$330 per month for a four-roomed flat but I am told the rentals are going up with an additional US$50 in June, so it means we will be paying US$380 by then,” said a source from the Zifa secretariat.