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Zifa property attached


The cash-strapped Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had its remaining property, including furniture and computers, attached by the Deputy Sheriff yesterday, leaving their offices at number 53 Livingstone Avenue in Harare a shell.

The attachment of the property over an undisclosed debt left staff at the football mother body with nowhere to operate from.

Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze was forced to conduct business in another empty office after all the equipment, including that in the office of his secretary, was all taken.

Mashingaidze — who was locked in meetings with his bosses as they tried to find a solution — said it was a sad development. “It’s sad. There is more to it than what meets the eye. A lot of things are happening in our football. We will issue a statement tomorrow,” he said.

Yesterday’s raid of Zifa offices by the Deputy Sheriff follows the attachment of two buses, two cars and various other property of the association two months ago.

The buses had been donated to the association by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

The football mother body, which is technically insolvent, is understood to be owing various service providers and individuals with former Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa also still to recover nearly $67 000 in unpaid salaries.

Last year, Zifa blocked the attachment of their property by Chidzambwa after he won a writ of execution to attach the property.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube is reported to be footing the salary bill for the employees.

In September last year, Zifa retrenched some of its employees in a restructuring exercise, but those affected by the exercise are still to get their retrenchment packages.

Sources yesterday said Zifa, in a latest debt accrued during the Warriors’ preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers last month, owe Harare lodge Pandhari about $125 000.

Dube had promised to pay the lodge their money by June 15, 2012, but has since failed to do so leaving one of his houses in the leafy suburb of Glen Lorne under threat after he had bonded the property as collateral for the debt.

The Zifa president has since been taken to court over the outstanding balance and is believed to be fighting to rescue his house.

Dube took the unprecedented move after the team, which was scheduled to travel to Mozambique for a World Cup qualifier match, had their passports confiscated just before their departure.

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