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Financial woes for Independence trophy

Dynamos fielded a second string side when they played Motor Action in the first semi-final on Wednesday, with Zifa remaining tight-lipped on the financial rewards.

IndependentSport is reliably informed that only US$50 000 has so far been provided for the  tournament, with Zifa making frantic efforts to convince  government to increase the figure.
Hwange lost 1-3 to FC Platinum in the other semi-final yesterday for a final berth against Motor Action who dismissed Dynamos’ fringe players 2-1.

An official at Zifa said they had made little progress in their bid to convince government to increase the purse.

“We have been trying to engage government on the matter but they told us there was no money so whilst negotiations are still on we might have to work with what we have, which is not enough to cover everything while adequately reward the winners,” said the official.

Among other expenses, Zifa will have to pay the players, match officials and also buy  kit for use in the final and the third and fourth play-offs set for Bulawayo on Independence day.

Zifa media manager Niki Dhlamini could not shed any light on the issue referring questions to chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze, who was not available for comment yesterday.

This is the only club tournament that Zifa has on the 2012 calendar as they have in recent years failed to get sponsorship for the Zifa Cup.

In the first semi-final at Rufaro stadium just a handful of fans turned up so the mother body consequently got  very little in terms of revenue.

And there will be no more revenue coming Zifa’s way, as fans get  free entry to the final match which will close celebrations at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

The once popular tournament has since lost its lustre and few teams take it seriously, preferring to field second-string sides.

Dynamos  rested their star performers Denver Mukamba and Takesure Chinyama, preferring to reserve them for league duty at the weekend.

DeMbare  travel to Bulawayo for the third and fourth place play-offs and their expenses may outweigh what they will get for their participation.

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