More woes for Zifa as property is attached

HARARE - It never rains but pours for the financially struggling Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) after its property at the Zifa Village was attached yesterday.   

The Messenger of Court swooped at the association’s football centre based in Mt Hampden to attach the property over a debt owed to former Zifa communications officer Nicky Dhlamini-Moyo.

Dhlamini-Moyo was sacked under unclear circumstances back in 2012 on allegations of leaking confidential information to the press.

She successfully challenged her dismissal at the Labour Court and won the case against Zifa, who are currently faced with a ballooning $5 million debt.

The Labour Court ordered Zifa to pay Dhlamini-Moyo, who was represented by Musoni Masasire Law Chambers, her salaries and allowances dating back to 2012 due to the unfair dismissal. 

Zifa was unable to meet the deadline set by the Labour Court resulting in Dlamini-Moyo instructing her legal team to attach the property to settle her restitution.

Yesterday, the Messenger Court had a field day at Zifa Village as they attached property including conference chairs, a deep freezer, a tractor, water tanks, artificial turf and sleeping beds.

All these items were used by the association during the stay of the various national teams at the facility built using funds donated by Fifa.

Contacted for comment Zifa communications officer Xolisani Gwesela referred all the questions to the association’s lawyer Ralph Maganga.

Maganga was however, not picking the calls at the time of going to print.

The Messenger of Court is becoming a regular visitor at the troubled Zifa premises in recent months.

Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze has been cited by most sports analysts as the person behind most of these legal cases due to his keenness to pursue petty grudges against staff and coaches.

The association is currently saddled with many legal cases involving former employees and coaches, who have all been granted writs by the courts to attach property to off lay outstanding.

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