HARARE – The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has now begun the process of de-registering the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) in order to register the National Football Association of Zimbabwe (Nafaz).
Zifa councillors at their Annual General Meeting at the start of this month agreed to dissolve the association to start on a clean slate due to a ballooning $6 million debt.
The association successfully applied for insolvency which was duly granted by the High Court allowing the SRC to start formalities of registering Nafaz.
SRC acting director general Joseph Muchechetere together with Nafaz president Philip Chiyangwa wrote to Fifa notifying the world football mother body of the developments.
“This serves to jointly (SRC and Nafaz) confirm that Zifa has successfully filed a court application for Voluntary Sequestration and Surrender of Zifa with the High Court of Zimbabwe under the case number HC/5942/16 in accordance thereto of the Insolvency Act Chapter 6:04 of Zimbabwe, in that Zifa is unable to meet its obligations ad debts and Zifa cannot continue to exist,” read the letter.
“In this regard, a Master’s Certificate was issued by the Master of the High Court of Zimbabwe dated June 10, 2016, therefore the SRC, in line with the SRC Act Chapter 25:15 of 1991 will begin the process to striking Zifa from the register and consequently begin the process to register Nafaz, hereby represented by…Chiyangwa as its inaugural president.”
“…we hereby confirm that Zifa and ourselves as the sports regulatory body in Zimbabwe, have now resolved the issues amicably and are now fully committed to a mutual and beneficial resolution leading to a plausible future of Zimbabwe football under the leadership of Nafaz.
“It is in our interest to confirm that the SRC and on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe, will recognise Nafaz as the national football governing body with rights, duties and responsibilities to affiliate to Fifa whilst internal administrative processes are underway to confer full status of National Sport Association in line with the SRC Act.”
According to the letter, the SRC will keep Fifa informed on all the developments until Nafaz is a fully-fledged association.