Zimbabwean coach fights Botswana club over $20,000

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Sports Reporter

Zimbabwean football coach Bongani Mafu

Source: 
Weekend Post

BOTSWANA: Former Mochudi Centre Chiefs coach, Bongani Mafu has roped in Football Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) to assist him recover P200,000 (US$20,000) from his former employers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs.

The two parted ways this season in a hostile breakup with the team claiming to be unaware to his whereabouts. It surfaced that the Zimbabwean gaffer left Magosi a bitter man, and was owed an unknown amount of money.

In his absence, Innocent Morapedi was brought in as a stop gap coach. The team is currently awaiting the arrival of a new coach, the experienced Malawian, Kinah Phiri.

The P200,000 debt is a result of the former coach’s weekly fuel allowance of around P500; monthly wages of P17,000, unspecific match bonuses, P50,000 signing on fee and medical aid cover.

Sources say the team failed to fulfil their contractual obligation by not paying the coach for six months. Other aforementioned benefits were also frozen in the six months forcing the coach to voluntarily relinquish his post informally.

The matter has been reported to FUZ which is contemplating engaging FIFA to assist Mafu. Upon noticing how the matter is threatening to balloon into something drastic at FIFA against the financially struggling Chiefs, FUB is reported to have stepped in, and suggested the two settle for a gentlemen’s agreement, according to a source.

The case is expected to be closed before end of the year lest Chiefs finds itself before the wrath of FIFA.

“We agreed to an amicable settlement but he refused. He chose to go on a show-boating spree letting the public know about everything. But then we won’t be surprised to see anything of that sort because we know we owe him,” team Vice Chairperson Clifford Mogomotsi said.

The two signed a two year contract from the 1st of August 2016 which was to end in 31st of July 2018.

Though not convincing, the team under Mafu’s tutelage huffed and puffed to finish within the profitable Top 8 bracket.

It was nonetheless a very brilliant performance from a team which suffered financial doldrums the entire season. Mafu had to work with the limited resources to bring the best out of them.

WHO IS MAFU?

Following a defeat against then rookies, Black Forest, Mafu felt the pressure to re-introduce himself; particularly to the media whom he felt had misrepresented him.
He was quoted as saying:

“My name is Mafu; I am a high school trained teacher I attended Hillside teacher training College so for people to say I am a primary school teacher is a bit insulting. I am a French and Physical education specialist, I coached Zimbabwe Saints, then a few years ago I came to teach in Phakalane because they needed a specialist French teacher, at that time I coached Gaborone United and then I went to the UK and I have been Coaching there and I came back last year after 16 years.

"I coached Highlanders and with 7 games to go I was relieved of my duties and I went to Coach Tsholotsho. Tsholotsho is not a second tier team of Zimbabwe Football, It’s a Premier League team and they are still in the Premier League. My Job was to go and help them survive and they survived and then Mochudi Centre Chiefs gave me a job. Thank you," he said under the floodlights of Molepolole Sports Complex last season.

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