The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), on Thursday passed a resolution to provide Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs with a bailout as a relief package during this coronavirus crisis.
Speaking after the Association’s executive committee meeting in Harare on Thursday, ZIFA president Felton Kamambo revealed that each PSL team will get $360 000 (US$5 600) as a relief package to mitigate the effects COVID-19.
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ZIFA has received the money from both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Kamambo said:
… FIFA has finally allocated Zimbabwe among other FAs US$1.5 million.
We are going to get US$1 million of the US$1,5 million this month, US$500 000 is allocated to women and the other US$500 000 to other affiliates.
The other US$500 000 we will get it in January. So, what we have done is that we are going to disburse $110.5 million.
Kamambo also gave a breakdown of the disbursements to the PSL clubs, with the season in limbo after it failed to commence in March due to the novel coronavirus. He said:
The highlight on our disbursement is that the PSL will get a total of $25.6 million. The PSL clubs are going to share a total of $6,5 million then the administration has been allocated $1.3 million. In terms of Covid-19 baseline testing, we have allocated $4.8 million.
Kamambo said the ZIFA board also approved that a total of $2.925 million should be paid to referees while $6.5 million has been allocated to other expenses such as medical equipment.