Bank Sued Over Soccer World Cup Tickets

Harare – THE Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) are being sued by a Harare company for reneging on a promise to pay US$ 25 000 incurred in printing tickets for the Zimbabwe Warriors’s World Cup qualifying match against Kenya last year.

CBZ were the official tickets sponsors last year and contracted Graphiti Printing, a Harare based company to print the tickets for the Warriors World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying match against the Harambee Stars at Rufaro Stadium. CBZ had their company logo also printed on the tickets as part of their advertising campaign.

However the company has been battling to recover their funds from CBZ and at one time, the company’s managing director Tsaurai Kaseke sought the intervention of ZIFA chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya.

CBZ marketing manager Matilda Nyathi refused to comment on the row with the printing company.

Meanwhile in another development, the ZIFA are suing the Sunday Mail Sports Editor Goodwill Zunidza for running articles which the association felt were malicious ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

The association through their lawyers Gunje & Chasakara Law Firm said they suffered damages to the tune of USd 150 000.

The association wrote a letter of complaint to the Sports Writers of Association of Zimbabwe first before instituting legal action against Zunidza.

“We hereby bring to you attention that following a deluge of unfounded, malicious, false and unsavory allegation leveled against ZIFA by the Sunday Mail Sports Editor Goodwill Zunidza, the Association has since instituted legal action against the Sports Editor”.

“Please be advised that the Association found the seemingly endless attacks in bad state given that we are trying to strategically position the country ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa through football. The attacks fly in the face in the face of the inclusive government of Zimbabwe efforts to rebrand Zimbabwe”.

In one article Zunidza said ZIFA had blundered by not sending to Botswana for youth tournament when it had been invited.