The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Central Region Soccer League has resolved to suspend fixtures to force clubs to pay this year’s affiliation fees.
Week 20 fixtures pencilled for this weekend will, however, be allowed to proceed.
The league has been operating with only 14 teams after four clubs, including former Premier Soccer League side Shabanie Mine, failed to pay the affiliation fees when football resumed last year.
More clubs are facing financial challenges with only three teams, Bishopstone, Chapungu and TelOne, having managed to pay their affiliation fees.
Nineteen rounds of fixtures have been played so far with six remaining before the end of the season. The Central Region said in a statement:
The association hereby informs the congress that all league fixtures will be suspended until further notice effective week 21 due not non-payment of 2022 affiliation fees and other statutory levies by most of the clubs.
I would like to bring to your attention the obligations of a member of the association in terms of the ZIFA constitution article 13(1), which requires the members to pay their member subscriptions.
I further wish to advise members that failure to honour the stipulated obligations is a violation of statutes that may lead to sanctions as provided in article 13(2).
Meanwhile, the region would like to thank the three clubs that have already paid their affiliation fees as agreed in the extra-ordinary general meeting.
These are Bishopstone, Chapungu and TelOne FC. Each member has been notified many times of the amounts it owes.