By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is committed to pay the K6 million tax arrears owed to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), says its vice-president Rix Mweemba.
In an interview, Mweemba said he was happy that ZRA unblocked their account at Atlasmara which had FIFA forward funds.
Last month, ZRA directed Atlasmara to block FAZ accounts following the unpaid K6, 173, 256.69 in tax arrears dating back to 2013.
The accounts blocked FIFA forward funds amounting to US$215, 460 and K73, 463.41.
“I can confirm that the FAZ accounts at Atlasmara were unblocked. There was a resolution made that we discuss the payment. I wish to clearly state that FAZ will clear the arrears, we cannot deny the figures. These are figures which appear in our book of accounts,” Mweemba said.
He said the blocking of FAZ accounts with FIFA funds could have resulted into Zambia being banned from all football activities had it been reported to the world football governing body.
Mweemba said FAZ and ZRA will discuss a payment plan that would be flexible for the association.
He however said FAZ was faced with financial challenges as they have to also sponsor the national teams except for the senior Chipolopolo which is a Government baby.
“We have had to sponsor five teams this year. And we are talking of K9 million just to prepare a team and participation. Not forgetting issues of allowances for both the players and technical bench.
So now we have to get from gate-takings and other sources to pay off the tax arrears,” he said.