Bailiffs pounce on FAZ House

BAILIFFS yesterday pounced on Football House and seized property worth thousands of kwacha for defaulting to honour its debt obligations to Cresta Golf View Hotel which has been camping national team players.

Government has since released K50, 000 to Cresta Golf View Hotel as part payment on the unpaid 2011 Chipolopolo camp bill of K140, 000.

Cresta Golf View was owed K140, 000 after the Chipolopolo team were camped at the hotel during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros in September.

The bailiffs pounced on Football House yesterday and managed to seize some equipment from the Licensing department, reception and secretary generals office.

The action prompted the Ministry of Sports and FAZ to have an emegency meeting with the hotel management that obtained a court order to seize the properties of FAZ.

The ministry of Sports, bailiffs and the hotel management met where it was agreed that a K50, 000 would be paid immediately while the K90, 000 balance would be settled next month. The hotel was prompted to send bailiffs after their effort to ask FAZ to settle the bill proved fruitless because management had been unwilling to honour their obligations.

Hotel general manager Fungai Makani said the hotel could not have sent bailiffs to Football House if there had been proper communication over the matter.

“We were also under-pressure from the holding company and hence we had no other option but to engage bailiffs.

“If there was communication over the settlement of the debt, such a situation could not have occurred,” he said.

Zambia beat Comoros 2-1 and 4-0 in a two-legged match played in the first week of September which saw the Chipolopolo win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time after beating Ivory Coast on penalties.

Seven months ago, Government paid over K3.2 million to former Chipolopolo coach Dairo Bonetti to prevent Zambia from been banned from participating in international competitions.