Zimbabwe Football Association negotiations with former coach starts

Jose Claudinei Georgini.
Jose Claudinei Georgini.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has started negotiations with lawyers of its former coach José Claudinei Georgin on how to liquidate the outstanding arrears which the football body owes him.

On March 12, 2015, the Football International Federation Association (FIFA) disciplinary committee barred Zimbabwe from the preliminary competition of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship for failure to settle the outstanding debt owed to the coach.

ZIFA failed to settle the coach’s debt within the specified period following the decision passed on August 15, 2012 by a single judge of FIFA’s players’ status committee which is final and binding.

ZIFA Communications Officer Xolisani Gwesela said FIFA last week wrote to his association indicating that the ban can only be lifted when ZIFA and the coach agree on payment terms.

Gwesela has told ZANIS Sports in an email and expressed hope that the negotiations between ZIFA and the Brazilian born coach Georgin’s lawyers will bear fruit.

The 2018 world cup draws will be conducted in St. Petersburg in Russia in July this year while the African zone qualifiers are due to kick off in October this year.

Georgin coached the Zimbabwe national football team from January to November 2008.

Since then, he has been owed money and ZIFA was first ordered by FIFA in 2012 to pay him but the association failed.