The Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association (ZNSSA) have petitioned the High Court seeking a Declaratory Order over to have the 2019 COSAFA Cup held in this country.
ZNSSA leader Eddie “Mboma’’ Nyatanga, yesterday filed an application with the High Court in Harare over the issue and cited Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister Kirsty Coventry as the respondent. He also questioned Sport and Recreation Commission director-general Prince Mupazviriho’s appointment. Mupazviriho was one of the key people who handled the ZIFA bid to stage the COSAFA Cup. Nyatanga wants the High Court to issue a Declaratory Order that will nullify the announcement that Coventry made on the hosting of the COSAFA Cup. Nyatanga’s application reads:
The respondent on February 18, 2019 made an announcement that ZIFA would not host the 2019 edition of the COSAFA senior men’s football tournament scheduled to be hosted in Zimbabwe,’’ Nyatanga said in his application. The respondent’s announcement of her decision on behalf of the Zimbabwe Government and ZIFA is improper and beyond the scope of her powers in terms of the SRC Act. The decision was not for the respondent to make or announce as ZIFA had only sought Government guarantee in order to make an informed decision.’
Coventry has 10 days within which to file her opposing papers.