Kiglon Football Club director Arthur Chitunhu has not given up his bid to sell his club’s franchise after failing to find a buyer for the club before the start of the 2010 season.
Chitunhu is a timber merchant and has a company, which operates as Kiglon Bird.
The businessman told NewsDay on Thursday that he would wait until the end of the season before deciding on the price tag.
“It has been very difficult for all the clubs to survive because of the lack of sponsorship in our football, but we have tried to keep our players happy despite the harsh conditions.
“A lot of issues, for example the price tag for the franchise, will depend on the position that we finish in come the end of the season and I cannot disclose that right now,” said Chitunhu.
Flamboyant businessman Phillip Chiyangwa was touted for the takeover of the club, which had been given a price tag of $200 000 although he pulled out of the deal at the eleventh hour.
Chitunhu said he was happy with how the club had managed to survive when they had already been written off before kicking a ball in the league.
“After that failed takeover we have managed to soldier on but the costs of running the club have taken their toll. Like most clubs, we rely on gate takings, which are an important source of funding especially when we host big teams like Dynamos. But it has been difficult this season.
“When we hosted Dynamos this season, we were only left with $2 400 in our coffers, a figure which is insignificant when you consider the costs that would have been incurred in organising the match,” said Chitunhu.
The Chitungwiza–based outfit gained promotion into the top flight in 2008 and were heavily tipped as relegation favourites after their coach Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe dumped them at the beginning of last season, taking with him some of the club’s big names.
However, after a decent start to the season, Kiglon’s good work at the start of the season might just go to waste as they have failed to win a match since September 25.
Only last week they were thumped 2-0 by fellow strugglers FC Victoria, with inside sources alleging that there is a dispute between the players and the executive over unpaid salaries.
Players like Daniel Million, Lawrence Mwashita, Kebbie Kamhapa and Martin Vengesai have been missing from the Kiglon line-up. However, the club’s operations director Douglas Mubayiwa said:
“There is no player unrest in our camp and I’m sure those rumours are just meant to destabilise our club as we head towards the end of the season.
“Like any other club in the PSL, we are struggling financially but we have been doing our best to keep our players happy and I’m confident that we won’t be relegated.”