ZIFA will need to fork out a reported $133 000 if they dismiss Warriors head coach Callisto Pasuwa.
Pasuwa’s future is uncertain following the Warriors campaign at AFCON 2017. Pasuwa initially indicated he would resign but made a u-turn upon arrival from Gabon and instead said his future would be decided by ZIFA.
The association’s HPC met last week and are understood to have recommended that Pasuwa and his technical team be fired and a new coach hired.
However ZIFA reportedly owe Pasuwa seven months in outstanding salaries and his contract only had qualifying for AFCON as a target and not performances at the tournament according to a report in Newsday.
The association would thus need to compensate Pasuwa if he was to be fired before his two year contract ended and in addition pay him his outstanding salaries.
The situation has put the financially strapped association in a tricky spot with Philip Chiyangwa now calling for Pasuwa to resign.
But Pasuwa’s agent Gibson Mahachi is adamant the Warriors coach would not resign and told the association to make up their mind.
“He will not resign Mahachi told Newsday . Pasuwa signed a two-year renewable contract and the target was for him to qualify Zimbabwe to the Afcon which he did.
And he has submitted his report to the HPC, and Zifa simply has to decide the way forward based on the recommendations of the HPC. If they want to move on with a new coach, they should just announce the position and pay him what they owe added Mahachi.
ZIFA are likely to be cautious having learnt the hard way after the Warriors were banned from 2018 World Cup qualifiers after the previous board failed to pay money owed to former head coach Valinhos. Valinhos took ZIFA to FIFA after he was fired in 2008 but was owed $81 000 that the association failed to pay.