15 August 2019
RESPONSE TO DAILY NEWS ARTICLE “MIGHTY WARRIORS GET $15″
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has noted with concern a story carried out in the Daily news of 15 August 2019 with the headline “MIGHTY WARRIORS GET $15.” The Association would like to set the record straight on misrepresented issues as follows:
- The $15 transport reimbursements were given to players and officials based in Harare only and all other members of the COSAFA Women’s Championship delegation were given amounts commensurate with fares to their destinations based on guidelines of the ZIFA Finance policy.
- Players and officials resident outside Harare were accommodated overnight at the ZIFA Village and they dispersed in the morning on 14 August.
- The writer of the article insinuates that the Women teams were subjected to a ‘’ punishing road trip from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg”. It is important to note that this is a standard practice in COSAFA tournaments and most neighbouring countries used road transport to and from the tournament. The road trip from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg was the best solution to the need at the time and the association will continue to seek cost effective alternatives where and when possible in order to ensure that all financial obligations are met without overspending on some. It is not an entirely new phenomenon for our teams to travel by road and when the trip doesn’t reduce our teams’ competitiveness, we will choose the option. In 2017 the Warriors also used road transport to travel from Harare to Polokwane for the COSAFA senior men tournament. There is therefore nothing amiss for Mighty Warriors to travel by road.
- The Association is currently implementing austerity measures and national teams will travel by road when and where the trip doesn’t affect team performance.
- We have observed a number of negative stories and we plead with the media to follow the flag and support the national cause. We are open to criticism and we are free to respond to media enquiries because we believe the media are an integral stakeholder in the national project of football development.
- Going forward the Association will continue to share stories about the tremendous growth of local football in areas like referees’ development, grassroots football, football medicine, youth development among others.
FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE ZIMBABWE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
XOLISANI GWESELA, COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPETITIONS MANAGER