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New Soccer Body Set Up As ZiFA Declared Insolvent

The Zimbabwe Football Association crippled by a $6 million debt has been dissolved and a new local soccer body set up to run football in the country.

According to the state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper, the move has been given the green light by the international soccer organization, FIFA.

ZIFA officials are quoted in the newspaper as saying they have formed what will be known as the National Football Association of Zimbabwe, which was mooted by ZIFA councillors, who yesterday re-elected current chairman, Phillip Chiyangwa, and his entire executive into office.

A letter said to have been written by FIFA giving ZIFA a thumps up to form the new association, indicates that ZIFA is technically insolvent and can no longer operate officially in the country.

Legal experts are said to have played a critical role in liquidating ZIFA. The new chief executive of the association is Kennedy Ndebele, who is the current CEO of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

ZIFA has over the years been experiencing operational problems due to debts and its failure to attract sponsors.