Saturday, 26 September 2015

ZIFA LIED…Presented wrong account statement to Sports minister

THE Sports and Recreation Commission audited a doctored Zifa income and expenditure statement from the September 3 Nations Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and Guinea, Chronicle Sport can exclusively reveal.

 The audit results have since been presented to the Minister of Sports and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane but it emerged that the beleaguered association presented a completely different income and expenditure statement from the one it presented to the nation.
Cuthbert Dube
The statement presented to the SRC’s audit team shows that $9,881 from the match proceeds was used topay outstanding staff salaries. It was also presented to the country’s supreme sports body that $840 was paid for the hire of transport for the Zimbabwe Women Football with a further $150 used to buy groceries for Mighty Warriors.

Despite spirited denials that its board members were paid after the match, the income and expenditure statement presented to the SRC’s audit team led by Patience Kabanda who is also the commission’s corporate affairs director, shows that $2,800 was actually paid to board members as board expenses.
All these figures do not appear in the initial income and expenditure statement which Zifa released to the public on September 8 through its communications department.

The financial statement has since been removed from the association’s official website. “You mean we were presented with doctored income and expenditure statement,” a stunned SRC board chairman Edward Siwela asked yesterday before requesting to see the initial statement which Zifa released.

Speaking before he was told that the statement he was holding could have been doctored, Siwela said it was incorrect for Zifa to declare the match a loss on the basis of some expenses that were not directly from the match. Zifa, who realised $88,542 from the gate takings, declared a loss of $12,481.

“For example, the income and expenditure statement which they gave us has, under staff welfare and in brackets salaries column, $9,881. There is also $2,800 under board expenses and a column for bus hire-ZWF- has $840 and also $150 for grocery-ZWF, all these expenses have nothing to do with the match’s revenue,” said Siwela.

He said the $3,000 which Zifa said was for a bus hire for an unnamed transporter did not appear on the income and expenditure statement given to the commission for auditing. Zifa employees yesterday denied being paid outstanding salaries after the Afcon match. The five board members that were at Rufaro Stadium are Tawengwa Hara, Twine Phiri, John Phiri, Elizabeth Langa and Fungai Chihuri who is also the acting board member finance.
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