Zifa property sold

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will have a lot of explaining to do to Fifa after equipment belonging to the latter was auctioned yesterday owing to debts.

Computers Zifa uses to register players on the Fifa Transfer Matching System (TMS) were auctioned off at KM Auctions in Harare yesterday.

“The Zifa auction went ahead but we cannot give you the exact details of how much was raised from the sale,” a source at KM auctions told the Daily News yesterday.

The computers were part of the Zifa property attached by the Deputy Sherriff last year over a debt owed to former employee Nicky Dhlamini-Moyo, who was sacked under unclear circumstances in 2012.

After her dismissal, Dhlamini-Moyo approached the Labour Court which ruled in her favour and ordered Zifa to pay her $10 000 compensation.

Zifa, however, ignored the order to pay Dhlamini-Moyo and the compensation package rose close to $100 000.

The former Zifa communications officer was then granted writs of executions by the High Court to attach the association’s property last year.

Desperate efforts by Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze and legal advisor Ralph Maganga to negotiate with Dhlamini-Moyo to stall the auction yesterday were fruitless.

With the Fifa property now gone this will now be an embarrassment to Zifa president Cuthbert Dube, who last year told Fifa officials that their property will be safe.

Dube told Fifa Development Programmes Africa senior manager Zelkifli Ngoufonja, who visited Zimbabwe last year that the computers would not be sold.

“There were some of properties that were donated to Zifa by Fifa that were attached. So we then went through the legal system and told them that ‘the stuff that you attached does not belong to Zifa it belongs to Zifa private limited it belongs to Fifa’,” Dube said at the time.

“So through our legal advisors there were interpleaders that went to the Deputy Sherriff. So that stuff that was attached it is not going to be affected. So we are all very safe.”

Without the TMS computers, Zifa will be in a tight spot as they will not be able to register local players in the system when the Premier Soccer League resumes in March.

Dhlamini-Moyo’s case is not the only one affecting Zifa as they have a lot of outstanding debts owed to many former employees, who have been granted writs of executions by the High Court.

In the coming months bailiffs will be knocking on the cash-strapped association’s door to attach more property.

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