The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has been ordered by the labour court to pay $187 290 to former Mighty Warriors Coach Shadreck Mlauzi, SportBrief has learned.
By SportBrief Reporter
ZIFA has apparently landed itself in hot soup over outstanding coach fees once again, with the football association dragged to court by the former Mighty Warriors gaffer and forced to pay outstanding salaries amounting to $187 290.
Shadreck Mlauzi was relieved of his duties as the Zimbabwe National Women’s team coach in February last year.
In a draft ruling document from the labour court, the former Warriors coach has been awarded outstanding salaries and allowances for 8 months between September 2015 and February 2017 when he was relieved of his duties, with Mlauzi having claimed that he was supposed to have been on a salary of $7 000 per month excluding allowances.
According to an obtained document of the court ruling, the $187 290 is to be paid as follows:
First installment of 45 290 is to be paid within the first 30 days, with the remaining amount being paid in subsequent installments of $7 000 per month on or before the end of each month until the debt has been cleared. Zifa was also ordered to pay legal costs.
Zifa had argued that there had been no evidence of any nature to suggest that the two parties had agreed on the $7 000 salary. However, that notion was thrown out of the window as it was established that the Zifa chief executive officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze, had categorically confirmed that the agreement was that Mlauzi would receive the same salary as his counterpart, the male coach Calisto Pasuwa.
Mlauzi was fired in February last year despite having taken the Mighty Warriors to the 2016 Rio Olympics for the first time in the history of Zimbabwe women’s football. He followed that up by also helping the Warriors qualify for the Women’s African Cup of Nations that were held in the same year in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Apparently this is not the first time that ZIFA has been dragged to court over not paying a national team coach. The football association’s non-payment of an outstanding debt to the former Warriors coach José Claudinei Georgini led to Zimbabwe being expelled from the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Safe to say ZIFA hasn’t learned its lesson after the same mistake cost the national team a potential spot on the biggest showpiece in world football this year if this latest report is anything to go by.
Although it remains to be seen how ZIFA will respond to this latest development one thing for certain is that the football association continues to be doing enough to make sure it stays in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.