THE CBZ FA Cup budget was used up long before Dynamos dismissed Lengthens yesterday to set up a final against Highlanders.
ify>The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had not made a provision for replays when they came up with the $1,5 billion budget for the knockout competition, bankrolled by financial institute CBZ Holdings.
Eight matches have been replayed.
Zifa’s acting chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya admitted the oversight, saying the entire budget had been used up by the quarterfinal stage.
“We have had many replays which we had not catered for in the budget, which means we ended up spending money on tickets and logistics,” Rushwaya told IndependentSport this week.
Zifa officials had to engage CBZ Holdings to secure funds for this week’s semifinal replays.
The winners’ prize money is yet to be decided, but CBZ Holdings made an undertaking to adjust according to inflation the $150 million initially set aside for the champions.
The runners-up were to get $75 million as in June when the CBZ FA Cup was launched.
Losing semifinalist had been promised $20 million each, while those who bowed out in the quarterfinals were set to get $15 million.
Those prizes have become meaningless as Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown continues unabated.
When the CBZ FA Cup was launched in June, the official inflation figure was 4 530%. It peaked to 7 634,8% in August before easing to 6 592,8% last month after government imposed a blanket price freeze on all goods and services.
Rushwaya said she did not have any figures yet of the final prize money.
“What the winners will get will be decided by our sponsors, who are working it out with Zifa officials. But the purse will be something meaningful after inflation is considered,” she said.
While the figures are not known yet, the finalists were confirmed when Dynamos ended Lengthens’ fairytale campaign with a 2-0 win at Gwanzura yesterday.
Edward Sadomba and Murape Murape ensured Dynamos, who lead the Premiership race, remained in contention for a memorable double when they found the target in the first half.
Highlanders, who trail Dynamos by three points in the Premiership, could as well end up with a double if they overcome their archrivals. Bosso dismissed Caps United 2-1 in their replay at Gwanzura on Wednesday after they had struggled in the original meeting which ended in a one-all draw.
Zifa is yet to announce the date of the final.
The winner of CBZ FA Cup will represent Zimbabwe in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Meanwhile Premiership action resumes tomorrow after giving way to the CBZ FA Cup last weekend.
Tomorrow: Shooting Stars v Sundowns (Gwanzura), Mwana Africa v Black Rhinos (Trojan), Monomotapa v Caps FC (Dzivarasekwa).
Sunday: Hwange v Dynamos (Colliery), Caps United v Lancashire Steel (Gwanzura), Highlanders v Masvingo United (Barbourfields), Eastern Lions v Chapungu (Sakubva), Motor Action v Lengthens (Callies).