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Chidzambwa drags Zifa to court


Tired of waiting for his dues, former national soccer team head coach Sunday Chidzambwa has decided to take the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to court.
Zifa owes Chidzambwa
$67 000 in unpaid salaries for the period between November 2008 and April this year.
Summons in NewsDay’s possession indicate that Chidzambwa’s attorneys Scanlen and Holderness cited Zifa as the sole defendants in a High Court application.
Apart from his outstanding salaries, Chidzambwa who is now coaching at South African premiership side Free State Stars is also claiming interest “calculated at prescribed rate from the date of issue of summons to the date of full payment”.
Chidzambwa’s lawyers are alleging that the new Zifa board led by Cuthbert Dube promised to pay him through a letter written by the association’s lawyers on July 2.
“On 2nd July, 2010, the Defendant’s legal practitioners wrote a letter to the Plaintiff’s legal practitioners advising them that the new Zifa board is willing and able to settle the Plaintiff’s unpaid salaries.
“Despite this assurance the Defendant has neglected to pay the Plaintiff the outstanding sum of $67 000,” reads part of the summons.
Chidzambwa is alleging that the football governing body only paid him $23 000 out of $90 000 he was supposed to get during his tenure as Warriors coach.
Chidzambwa was receiving $5 000 per month.
Chidzambwa becomes the second gaffer to take drastic measures against Zifa after his predecessor Brazilian Valinhos.
The Brazilian coach, who left the country after a 11-month stint, was only paid after the Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) garnished $60 000 owed to Valinhos from Zifa’s annual grant.
Fifa deducted the amount from Zifa’s grant after Valinhos had launched an appeal to the world football mother body over unpaid salaries. Valinhos had prophetically warned his successor before his departure: “They (Zifa) have to change, otherwise the new coach will face the same problems as I faced. To Sunday, I say good luck. I wish him all the best.” Sunday was not so lucky, though.

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