Firing Loga Could Haunt Zim Football Authority

Zimbabwe’s football authorities knee-jerk bid to rescue the national team’s poor fortunes in the World Cup qualifiers by firing coach Zdravko Logarusic may come back to haunt them if they fail to pay the Croat’s US$ 90 000 (R1,3 million) settlement.

Logarusic, popularly known as Loga was fired on Sunday after picking only one point from Zimbabwe’s first two matches in Group G of the 2022 World Cup first round of qualifiers.

In total, the Warriors only won one match out of 14 under the Croatian coach’s tutelage.

As part of his severance package, Loga is expected to be paid by ZIFA US$35 000 for the termination of his contract, which still had five months left.

Loga was earning US$7000 (R101 000) a month.

On top of that, the outspoken coach was promised 10% of the US$550 000 prize money Zimbabwe got from CAF for qualifying for AFCON 2021.

Loga’s share of the CAF prize money is US$55 000. In total – meaning his total settlement due is US$90 000.

It remains to be seen if cash-strapped ZIFA will be able to pay Logarusic his settlement.

ZIFA’s communications and competition manager refused to comment on the matter when contacted by The Bulrushes on Thursday.

Ironically, Zimbabwe’s football governing body still owes Norman Mapeza, who was appointed interim coach on Wednesday.

Mapeza is owed the money by ZiFA from his previous stints as Warriors coach.

ZIFA is still to pay the US$100 000 it owes former national team coach Callisto Pasuwa, who led Zimbabwe to the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.

Zimbabwe was banned from the 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay its former national team coach Jose Claudinei Georgini.

The Brazilian football manager nicknamed Valinhos managed the Warriors from January to November 2008.

Zimbabwe’s participation in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was also under threat over the US $150 000 it ows to Belgian coach Tom Saintfei.

The Belgian was deported on his first day of training after engaging in his duties without a work permit in 2010.