Castle withholds prize money


Itai Dzamara

CONTRARY to claims by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) that they received R365 000 won by the Warriors in this year’s Cosafa Castle Cup, investigations by Independen

tSport have revealed that Castle Breweries are withholding the prize money in efforts to goad Zifa into putting its house in order.


Part of the money will be given to the South African Football Association (Safa) to clear a R140 000 debt owed by Zifa.


Investigations revealed that Zifa used money from the Warriors’ Trust Fund as well as from Castle Breweries as players’ allowances and winning bonuses and to reimburse those who had used their own funds to travel.


“We haven’t submitted the money, it is true,” said an official at Castle Breweries offices in South Africa this week.


The official, who refused to disclose his identity saying he wasn’t the spokesman, added that the money had been handed to Global Africa, the public relations firm for the brewers to handle the matter.


Sources within Zifa also confirmed that the Cosafa Cup prize money was being withheld.


“The money has not come. The sponsors said the Zifa house is in disarray and couldn’t identify anyone to whom the money could be trusted because of the chaos,” said a senior source at Zifa.


Zifa chief executive officer Edgar Rodgers confirmed on Wednesday that the money was still in South Africa.


“We gave an instruction to Global Africa and the money was deposited in their account. We will request for it when we want to use it,” said Rodgers.

It also emerged that Safa had requested Castle Breweries to remit R140 000 of the money to settle a debt left by former Zifa chairman Leo Mugabe who borrowed the money last year to cater for the welfare of the Zimbabwe Under 20 national team which had been stranded in South Africa during the Vodacom tournament.


Rodgers admitted that Safa had been paid from the prize money, but denied that the amount was R140 000.


“It is true that we instructed Global Africa to pay Safa the money that was borrowed by Mr Mugabe. But the amount is R25 000,” said Rodgers.

Zifa is also said to owe the Confederation of African Football (Caf) US$47 000 in levies for television rights.


The local body should pay a levy from every match played by local clubs and national teams under the auspices of Caf.


Caf is understood to have also requested sponsors to forward the prize money towards clearing the debt.

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