Zimbabwe Football Association Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said the debts had accumulated over the past year following Zimbabwe’s participation in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers and the Young Warriors’ involvement in matches in the run up to the All Africa Games.
“The Warriors travelled to Mali and Cape Verde and we also hosted Liberia and Mali and all those matches required funding which we did not have. There were other administrative cost requirements as well as salaries for staff,’ said Mashingaidze.
Mashingaidze said right now, they do now know how they are going to pay off some of the debts as the association’s coffers are empty.
The football federation chief said the association needed urgent capital injection if they were to survive the trying times ahead in which the Warriors are playing in the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers as well as the 2014 World Cup matches.
Ironically, the national Press has been singing praise on Zifa president Cuthbert Dube’s administration when the national football federation was in such shambles.
Dube and his board promised to bring in sponsorship during their election campaign but one year and some months after they came into office that has not happened.
Observers, however, have pointed out that Zifa’s situation will not improve as long as the association does not find sponsors or initiate fund raising projects or do not convince the government to come on board.
Zimbabwe’s Warriors will be taking part in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in which they have been drawn in the same group along with Egypt, Guinea and Mozambique but first they will play Burundi in a 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier and all those engagements will need funding.