AFTER many weeks of delays and dithering, the Zifa executive committee is expected to finally meet today to discuss the way forward regarding football’s bailout package to clubs and other affiliates.
The association’s president Felton Kamambo then promised clubs that they would receive a bailout package by June 20.
That deadline passed without any club or Zifa affiliate receiving any payment and since then, there has been no official word on the way forward.
“The federation will absorb all the travelling costs for the teams to and from the inner islands as we want to ensure that teams do not sleep over and we have also managed to negotiate a good deal with Air Seychelles for flights and for boat travel especially at a time where there are no regular flights,” SFF president Elvis Chetty told reporters.“We are also planning to include the cost for officials and match commissioners so that they don’t have to stay over and this will be up to the play-off stage which will amount to around US$15 000.”
Zimbabwean clubs can only look at what is happening in Seychelles and elsewhere across the continent with envy.
However, with a single rapid test kit going for US$65, most local clubs cannot afford to adhere to these strict guidelines.
This will chew into the clubs’ budgets as it will require teams to book at least 50 hotel rooms per trip.
Most local teams rely on gate takings and with fans no longer permitted for the time being, it will be a big blow on their revenue.