22 Feb Zambia’s Debt Killing Its Tennis Development
Zambia Tennis Association (ZTA) needs to settle the $2,500 affiliate fees ASAP before this does major damage to tennis development in the country. ZTA’s failure to meet its obligation with the African tennis body, Confederation of African Tennis (CAT), has affected Zambia’s tennis development in a negative manner. The country’s players haven’t been able to compete in international competition because ZTA hasn’t been able to pay its dues to CAT.
ZTA has managed to raise $1,100 from the local tennis community that includes officials and players (current and former).
“We came up with an initiative that officials, players and former players should pay something from their pockets and the initiative has worked well so far. We have reached half-way, that’s to say we have raised about US$ 1,100,” said ZTA president Francis Musonda in an interview.
Musonda hopes that this partial payment will prompt CAT to mediate talks between ZTA and International Tennis Federation (ITF). It’s been 6 years since ZTA has been suspended from all international tournaments due to unsettled affiliate fees.