It has been revealed that former Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa is threatening to report the country’s football association (Zifa) to Fifa, in a bid to recover money which he claims is owed to him.
It seems the country’s woes are not actually behind them as previously thought. Fifa recently expelled the Warriors from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers as punishment for failing to pay former coach Jose Claudinei Georgini so it seems as if financial troubles are still troubling Zimbabwe’s football governing body.
Gorowa was in charge of the Warriors in 2013 but quit the following year after Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
He claims he is owed close to $100 000 in salary arrears which he says he has failed to recover despite repeated reminders to Zifa as well as the country’s sports ministry.
Zifa spokesman Xolisani Gwesela admitted the association owed Gorowa money in unpaid salaries.
“We acknowledge that we owe him and we are in the process of engaging him for a reasonable payment plan,” he said.
But then one wonders what more Fifa can do as the have already banned Zimbabwe from 2018. Perhaps they will face bans from subsequent tournaments as well if they fail to pay up.
Gorowa believes Zimbabwe still has the potential to become a football powerhouse but says Zimbabwean players need to be adequately financially rewarded for their efforts.
“I think poor administration and infighting is costing the nation and budding footballers’ successful careers. I feel sorry for the boys.