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The 16 football clubs participating in Mozambique main ‘Moçambola’ soccer championship will travel by bus instead of plane for trips of less than 1,200 kilometres in order to make the competition economically viable, it was announced last night.
In addition, the teams will also group games of different rounds to reduce the number of trips to certain regions, president of the Mozambican Football League (LMF) Ananias Couana announces in today’s Notícias newspaper.
To date, clubs have travelled Mozambique’s 2,000 kilometre extent on the state airline, Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), but the airline has now stopped transporting teams without upfront payment, leading to the postponement of six of last weekend’s eight games.
The LMF president announced that talks are underway for these games to take place next Saturday and Sunday, with the new schedule, based on ground transportation, to start from the seventh round.
The money the league uses to pay for air transport comes from television broadcasting rights sold to the company ZAP, whose agreement includes paying half the cost of air tickets for competition games.
In total, the LMF owes LAM 77 million meticais (one million Euros), of which 44 million meticais (590,000 Euros) relate to this year’s travels so far.
Ananias Couana announced at a press conference on Friday that he had asked the government to exempt the league from the air transport tax on fuels, which corresponds to about half of the cost of the tickets, but said the government had not yet responded.
The exemption would allow the LMF to continue transporting Moçambola teams by air, he said.Source: Lusa