Football Sport

ZRA gives FAZ breathing space


THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has reached an agreement with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to stagger the payment of the K1 million debt the former owes in unsettled statutory obligations.
ZRA swung into action on Thursday afternoon and closed Football House in a bid to recover the money.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the two parties held a meeting in Lusaka yesterday and reached an agreement on how the association will dismantle the debt that has accrued over a period of time.
Tembwe said the association’s initial debt was about K400, 000 but the amount has accumulated to K1 million because of penalties and interests.
“The Football Association of Zambia and the Zambia Revenue Authority have this morning [yesterday] successfully held a meeting to discuss the way forward over an unsettled statutory obligation, which led to the tax authority sealing off Football House yesterday [Thursday] afternoon.
“In the meeting, which was held in a cordial atmosphere at Revenue House in Lusaka, the association acknowledged the existence of the amount in question and proposed a “time to pay” agreement with the ZRA officers.
“As an association we are glad that the Zambia Revenue Authority has agreed to our proposal and given guidance within the provisions of the law on the best way to handle and defray the debt which is just above K1 million. Operations at Football House are expected to resume by midday [yesterday],” Tembwe said.
The outstanding obligation accrued during a period when Zambia achieved several successes among them the under -17 women’s national soccer team’s qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica in 2014 and the  women senior team’s maiden appearance at the Africa Championship in Namibia last year.
“All these participations have adversely affected the coffers for the association, especially that these are borne exclusively by FAZ.  However,  it is important to note that the decisions to enter all these competitions, have been made to ultimately  strengthen the senior teams and give the country a firm ground on which to stand among the continent’s football powerhouses. This reality has been achieved,” Tembwe said.
And ZRA corporate affairs manager Mumbuna Kufekisa could not comment as he is in Livingstone attending a public relations practitioners conference.


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