The Zimbabwe Football Association in parly yesterday detailed the huge bill it was facing for hosting Algeria in South Africa because of the CAF stadia ban, The Chronicle reports.
This was revealed by Philemon Machana as he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation who explained the situation and said:
In US dollar terms for the national team, we usually budget US$150 000, including allowances, airfares, accommodation and everything for a game we host locally.But if we are going to South Africa the rest (of the costs) remain the same save for the venue.
We are now saying there is that extra US$20 000-plus in forex and all that, so chances are that we are now going to get into US$200 000.
It is certainly not (cheap) to play outside the country because of the pricing there. We even received some pricing vouchers from South Africa where to use, let’s say, Orlando, you need around US$28 000 (for stadium hire).
There are also issues to do with accommodation, where we now need to accommodate ourselves as the home team, and also to host the visiting team as well.
We must also factor in the referees, including their local shuttle transport. This is why as Zifa, we have been doing everything to try and avoid playing outside the country.
ZIFA has also been penalised by CAF for failing to notify CAF the match venue in the stipulated deadline.
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