Together with premiership sides CAPS United and Gunners, Aces Youth Academy owe Zifa US$103 000 (R802 500) for their sale of players to South African clubs in the 15% levies.
Aces Youth Academy owe Zifa US$10 715,88 (R82 500) for the sale of Khama Billiat and Lincoln Zvasiya. The figure could increase, as it does not include that of Knowledge Musona whose figures were not provided.
CAPS United owe the association US$76 934,41 (R592 500) for their sale of Simba Sithole, Gilbert Mapemba, Oscar Machapa, Method Mwanjali, Nyasha Mushekwi, Tafadzwa Rusike and Lionel Mtizwa to South African clubs between 2009 and this year.
Gunners owe Zifa US$16 561,29 for the sale of Ramson Zhuwawo and Carlington Nyadombo, also to South African clubs. Zifa is arguing that the clubs should pay according to the Rules and Regulations of 1996 which states that no player can turn out for another club before the 15% levy is paid to Zifa.
Rule 5 (II) states that: “In the case of non-amateur players, transfers are subject to negotiations between clubs and players concerned but are subject to the transfer date of midnight on July 1 each year. 15% of all transfer monies shall be due to Zifa and payable on transfer. No player shall be allowed to play for his new club unless the 15% levy has been paid to the association.”
Rule 5 (II) states that: “External transfers shall have no time limit but 15% of all transfer monies shall be due to Zifa. No international transfer certificate shall be issued unless the 15% levy has been paid to the association.”
However, Aces Youth Academy director Nigel Munyati, who is also Zifa’s board member responsible for marketing said his club should not be judged like other clubs because when the regulation was made in 1996, there were no academies in the country.
“Whatever we get from the sale of these players, it goes towards development at the Academy,” Munyati said. “We help these kids by paying for their school fees. We also help these youngsters who are talented, but come from an underprivileged background. It was better if the money we paid to Zifa was going towards development. Do you see any junior development programme being undertaken by the association?
“I wrote to Zifa stating my position and it is very unfortunate that I am also a board member of the association and that puts me in an awkward position. It was never about money when we sold either Khama Billiat or Knowledge Musona to Cape Town Ajax and Kaizer Chiefs respectively. We wanted them to fulfill their dreams and I am happy for them,” he said.
He also added that Aces Youth Academy paid US$1 000 when Knowledge Musona transferred to Kaizer Chiefs. “There should be consistency at the association because when Musona transferred to South Africa, the then Zifa, under Henrietta Rushwaya invoiced us US$1 000 which we duly paid.”