. . . more woes mount for Zifa

HARARE - Embattled Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has once again been dragged to the High Court after it failed to pay over $160 000 for services offered to the men’s national soccer team, the Warriors between January 2014 and June this year.

Daisy Guest House, which cited Zifa and its president Philip Chiyangwa as respondents in the litigation papers, has since applied for a default judgment in its favour after the soccer body failed to respond to the claim.

According to court papers, the parties entered into an agreement in 2014, for Daisy Guest House to provide the Warriors with accommodation, food and beverages.

“It was a term of the agreement that the plaintiff (Daisy Guest House) would offer subsidised rates to the first defendant (Zifa) in the sum of $25 per person and that the first defendant would be solely responsible for payment in respect to all expenses incurred at plaintiff’s lodge by the members of the men’s senior soccer team,” the court heard.

Pursuant to the agreement, Daisy Guest House reportedly provided accommodation, food and beverages to the soccer players on different occasions between January 2014 and June this year.

It is, however, the firm’s contention that the soccer-governing body negated on its agreement, after it only paid part of the bill and left an outstanding balance of $161 762.

The firm claims that despite demand, Zifa has “refused, failed or neglected” to pay the outstanding amount.

  It further claims that in a bid to evade the financial obligations, Chiyangwa and his team had “unilaterally, unlawfully and unconstitutionally” declared Zifa dissolved, without calling for a special congress.

Zifa had been changed to National Football Association (Nafaz), before creditors approached the High Court and successfully challenged the decision.

The firm now seeks an order for the payment of the bill and interest at the rate of five percent per annum from the date of summons to date of payment.

“ . . . the plaintiff will pray for an order that the first defendant be ordered to meet its financial obligations as they relate to the plaintiff,” the firm argued.

The matter has been set down for hearing on the unopposed roll today, after Zifa and Chiyangwa did not file any opposing papers.

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