zifa president.jpgThe 2012 AFCON qualifier between Zimbabwe and Mali grossed US$133 082 in gate-takings but after paying expenses, ZIFA made a net loss of US$5 979.78.

This was supposed to be the biggest game of the year, which would have made or broke the Warriors 2012 campaign.
It was also supposed to be Zifa’s biggest pay cheque.

However, despite ZIFA implementing a new pre-sale ticket system meant to improve revenue and ticket sales, a paltry 1 476 tickets worth $8 376 were sold before the match while 27 078 tickets worth $124 706 were sold on the day of the match.

A total of 28 554 tickets were sold all-in-all for the match against Mali raking in $133 082.
According to figures prepared by the Zifa in the income statement, 29 004 people watched the match.

But the number was much higher as one gate was smashed and fans came streaming in for free. The ground was clearly full.

After paying for all the expenses related to the Mali game, the bill came to a total of $139 061.78,  meaning that Zifa incurred a net loss of $5 979.78 .

The winning bonuses for the national team gobbled up the biggest chunk of $50 000.

Fifa got their 2% levy amounting to $2 494.12, CAF received $6 235.30 from their 5% levy, while the SRC’s 6% levy amounted to $7 482.36.

Costs of printing tickets were pegged at $5 000.

Appearance fees for the national team players gobbled up a total of $ 12 000.

As usual, the second biggest amount went to the City of Harare who received a fat pay cheque of $25 261.

Critics have questioned why Zifa continues to use Rufaro Stadium which it helped to re-surface with assistance from Fifa when they could use the National Sports Stadium which is cheaper and has a bigger holding capacity.

On ZIFA’s shortcomings, Mashingaidze said they would be meeting various committees to review the match logistics and ticketing systems as well as write reports and recommendations on matters related to the game.

The Zifa CEO also paid tribute to the fans for turning out in their thousands to support the Warriors against Mali.