With football rich in forex cash, Leo Mugabe tries dribbling to force way back at ZIFA

HARARE – Former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) chairman Leo Mugabe is fighting for the association to get 90 percent of the gate takings at Rufaro Stadium following the installation of the artificial turf under a FIFA funded programme. Rufaro Stadium is the property of Harare City Council.

Mugabe, who is the ZIFA honorary life president, said they would be engaging the Harare City Council on the issue. Currently the Harare City Council gets 20 percent gross from gate takings from all the Premier Soccer League matches.

“We now have a stake in Rufaro Stadium because an artificial turf installed at the stadium was done under a football programme. ZIFA should be the custodians of the stadium. We should be getting the revenue,” said Mugabe.

Mugabe is the board chairman of the football association commercial arm, ZIFA Private Limited. The company owns ZIFA Village in Mount Hampden and a residential property in Avondale.

President Mugabe’s most famous nephew, who was booted out of football in 2003, said ZIFA had a legal right to claim the revenue from Rufaro Stadium.

“Harare City Council are no longer maintaining that stadium because they do not have the grounds men to do the job,” Mugabe added.

The ZIFA board will meet the ZIFA trustees comprising Mugabe, Frank Valdermarca, Cephas Bwanya, Passius Masunda to discuss the takeover.