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Zifa reimburses fans

Itai Dzamara

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) this week reimbursed some fans who were left out of the trip to Tunisia last month part of their money.

Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Several fans confirmed to IndependentSport yesterday that they had received US$500 they had each paid for the Tunisia trip before being left behind at the last minute due to political meddling.

Zifa chief executive officer Edgar Rodgers confirmed yesterday that the association had paid some fans.

“Indeed some fans have received part of their payments and others are in the process of getting their reimbursements,” said Rodgers.

The soccer mother body however has to source funds to reimburse each fan who was left out of the trip $1,5 million. Rodgers said that arrangements were being made with Air Zimbabwe to make all the outstanding reimbursements.

More than 100 fans were left stranded at Harare International Airport on January 23 after Zanu PF activist Joseph Chinotimba had appeared on the scene compounding chaos and confusion characteristic of away trips under the supervision of the controversial Warriors Trust.

The Warriors Trust was formed by Minister of Information and Publicity Jonathan Moyo last year.

The Warriors Trust, headed by pro-government business leaders were unable to make travel as well as accommodation plans that could cater for all the fans that had paid.

Chinotimba is alleged to have screened fans on the basis of perceived political allegiance and all those suspected of being pro-opposition and members of the independent media were victimised.

The involvement of many individuals and institutions in organising the fans’ trip to Tunisia created chaos which culminated in finger-pointing.

Meanwhile, some fans have demanded the disbanding of the Warriors Trust over the bungling of the Tunisia trip.

“We are demanding the disbanding of this Warriors Trust,” said Munyaradzi Chazika of Harare, a prominent Warriors’ fan who was also excluded from the trip to Tunisia.

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