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POTRAZ drags ZIFA to court over US$1m debt

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has petitioned the High Court seeking an order to compel the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to settle a US$1m debt which was granted to the latter in 2017 to meet the national soccer team’s costs in the Africa Cup of nations campaign in Gabon.

According to court papers, Potraz has applied for a provisional sentence against Zifa after indicating that the association has failed or neglected to settle the debt.

“The plaintiff’s (Potraz) claim is for provisional sentence in an amount of $1 000 000.00 together with interest on that amount at the rate of five percent per annum from 1 February 2017 to the date of payment.

“The plaintiff’s claim is based on an acknowledgement of debt executed by Phillip Chiyangwa in his capacity as the defendant’s (Zifa) board chairman, and dated 6 January 2017. In terms of the document an amount of $1 000 000 together with interest at the rate of five percent per annum is payable to the plaintiff. The amount claimed by the plaintiff has become due and payable to it because the defendant has failed to make any payment in terms of the said acknowledgement of debt,” Potraz said.

“You (Zifa) are called on to satisfy then plaintiff’s claim immediately by paying the amount claimed to the Sheriff or to the plaintiff’s legal practitioner as named herein. If you do not do so, you must appear either in person or represented by a legal practitioner, in the High court of Zimbabwe at Harare at ten o’clock in the morning on 25 September 2019 to answer the claim. Before the date you may file a notice of opposition together with one or more supporting affidavits, with the registrar of the High court of Zimbabwe at Harare. If you do not take the action described in the previous paragraph, provisional sentence may be against you,” read part of the summons.

The matter is still pending.

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