The Zimbabwe Football Association is greatly concerned with maligning reports alleging that it has given blanket $5 allowances to the senior women’s team’s back to back Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Namibia.
While it is true that players residing in Harare have been given $5, that amount is only meant for transport reimbursements, and, those resident outside Harare were given refunds which are commensurate with distances from their bases.
ZIFA acknowledges that the players’ match-related allowances have not been paid on time – due to obtaining liquidity challenges – but the association remains obliged to settle the arrears as soon as possible. Like all national team players, the women’s team signed contracts which bind ZIFA to fulfill its commitments, as agreed in the contracts
ZIFA would like to advise the football fraternity and the nation that it takes pride in the emancipation of women and development of women football and will never abdicate from its responsibility to service the welfare of all players, both male and female.
The players have been reimbursed their transport allowances and in line with what is obtaining in our economy, all their outstanding payments are being processed and will be paid through bank transfers.
As the association, we are proud of their successes and we will continue to everything within our means to ensure that the girls are paid what they deserve, within timelines agreed by both parties.
It is never our intention to delay payments of players’ dues, but liquidity challenges often result in such unfortunate developments, and it takes both parties to resolve such standoffs amicably.
We have great respect for our athletes, and we acknowledge and appreciate all their sacrifices to play and win under challenging conditions