ZIFA disbands as Zimbabwe soccer body takes on new name

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA)  has been disbanded  with a debt of more than US$6 million and will start again under a different name, the National Football Association of Zimbabwe.

Federation president Phillip Chiyangwa says  ZIFA was disbanded at a meeting over the weekend and the body has reformed as the National Football Association of Zimbabwe.

Chiyangwa says the debt, which he says was accumulated by the previous leadership, has been passed over to a liquidator to deal with. He says “we don’t owe anybody anymore,”adding that FIFA had approved the process.

Chiyangwa who was elected ZIFA boss last year, under a cloud of cynicism has run Zimbabwe’s most followed sport quite well so far, managing to  secure sponsorship from the likes of Harare based businessman Wicknell Chivayo and the Warriors qualifying for AfCon 2017 under his watch.

Media reports quote Chivayo saying on top of the gifts and money he has splashed on the National Soccer Team, the victorious Warriors will get a whopping US$250 000 for qualifying for AfCon.

One of the last acts of the old ZIFA did was to hand over  its former president Henrietta Rushawayo with life ban and  bans ranging from 10 years to life to a former national team coach and  another ZIFA official  for trying to fix games in the African Cup of Nations qualifying competition. –AP additional reporting y Patience Rusere