Dark day as Fifa boots out Zim

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association woes continued to mount after Fifa expelled the Warriors from the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers yesterday for failing to pay former national team coach Valinhos.

The Brazilian, whose real name is Jose Claudinei Georgini, was in charge of Zimbabwe between February and October 2008, after a joint agreement between the Wellington Nyatanga-chaired Zifa board and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

Initially, Valinhos’ debt stood at $60 000 back in 2011 when Fifa started to get involved in the matter but through interest, it could balloon to over $100 000.

This will also come as a huge blow to the financially-strapped association which is currently battling to offset a $6 million debt.

At the same time, the world football governing body dropped the bombshell, the Warriors also tumbled down the Fifa Coca-Cola World Rankings to a new low position 124. This is Zimbabwe’s lowest ranking since the index was established in 1993.

However, it is the ruling by the Fifa Disciplinary Committee to boot out the Warriors from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which sent tongues wagging yesterday.

“The expulsion comes as a result of the non-payment of an outstanding debt by Zifa to the coach Jose Claudinei Georgini following a decision passed on 15 August 2012 by the single judge of Fifa’s Players’ Status Committee,” read the statement.

“As the single judge’s decision was final and binding and Zifa did not settle its debt, disciplinary proceedings for failure to respect a decision (in application of art. 64 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code) were opened against Zifa upon the request of the coach.

“The Fifa Disciplinary Committee passed a first decision in April 2013, by means of which in particular, and in addition to receiving a fine, Zifa was granted a 60-day period to settle half of its debt to the coach and a 120-day period to settle the remainder of the debt.

“Zifa was warned that, if they did not pay within the granted periods, the case would — upon the express written request of the creditor — be resubmitted to the Fifa Disciplinary Committee for the possible imposition of harsher sanctions, which could lead to expulsion from a Fifa competition. Zifa did not appeal the decision.”

Fifa added: “In view of the fact that Zifa did not settle its debt to the coach, and following the request of the coach, the case was presented again before the Fifa Disciplinary Committee, which rendered a second decision.

“In its decision, the Fifa Disciplinary Committee granted Zifa a final period of grace of 60 days to settle the debt with Mr Georgini. Additionally, Zifa was warned that, if the debt was not settled within the granted period (and upon the presentation of a formal claim by the creditor), then, in addition to the imposition of a fine, they would be expelled from the preliminary competition of the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.

“Zifa was informed that the expulsion would be ordered automatically without any further decision needed from the Fifa Disciplinary Committee and, once more, Zifa did not appeal the decision.”

Comments (5)

Do they care? It was high time plus the team was not going anywhere given the way they were managed by Zifa

Soccer Fan - 13 March 2015

It's really sad that the state of football in the country must get to such a low ebb! At the same time we have dead wood like Cuthbert Dube fighting tooth and nail to remain at the helm of ZIFA...what a circus!!

Ray Mafirakureva - 13 March 2015

zifa has really let us down.we are very patriotic to our soccer but eish....mr dube help us please

last marara - 14 March 2015

This country is run down by clowns, and it seems to be worse in sporting federations

Phaphamani - 15 March 2015

its just a result of bad work and for the expulsion i think kanotori ka1 since Zimbabwe isina kana chainacho interms of resources and money for the walfare saka ngaimbotora befu itsvage mari yekamu Brazilian aka vakape then vamwe vouyawo kuzotora zvikwereti zvavo.But its embarrassing for Dube and company since they have created all this rubbish.

MAFANA - 15 March 2015

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