Fifa fines Hwange for violating Player transfer regulations

THE countrya��s football mother body has appealed to affiliates to adhere to transfer regulations. The associationa��s plea comes in the backdrop of Castle Lager Premier League side Hwangea��s 10 000 Swiss francs fine by Fifa for violating player transfer regulations.

The coal miners were reportedly found guilty of violating Article 1 Paragraphs 5 and 6 and Articles 8.1 and 8.2 Paragraph 1 of Annex 3 of the Fifa regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players by transferring player Creven Banda from Botswana based Motlakase Power Dynamos FC without an International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

A reprimand was reportedly also pronounced against the club.

a�?All affiliates are advised to conduct their player movements within the confined dates to avoid breaching stated regulations. In cases where they do not understand the regulations they are free to visit our transfer matching system office for guidance,a�? said Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela.

a�?As you are aware a breach in transfer regulations results in a Fifa sanction and affiliates should comply with laid down rules to avoid such severe consequences,a�? he said

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to all affiliates, Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze reminded stakeholders that both international and local transfers have a statutory transfer commission that should be paid to the national association.

a�?Please be advised that international and local transfers have a statutory 15 percent transfer commission that is payable to Zifa. Requisite information on statutory returns in respect of the transfer regulations is obtainable at Zifa head office,a�? Mashingaidze wrote.

The association has also advised all its affiliates about the opening and closing dates of transfer window periods for the 2015 football season.

According to Zifaa��s official website, the first transfer window, which will start on the morning of 1 January 2015, is going to be 12 weeks long. It will be open until the 25 March before midnight.

The website reads the four-week long second transfer window will commence on the morning of 1 July till midnight of the 31 of the same month.

Zifa advised that player transfer and registration is guided by Annex 3.1 of the Fifa regulations which reads:
a�?All applications to register a professional must be submitted by the new club to the new association during one of the registration periods established by that associationa�?

Dynamos risked the ire of Fifa when they tried to register in May ABSA Premiership flop Roderick Mutuma whose contract had been terminated by Bloemfontein Celtic outside the transfer window.