FIFA Make U-Turn On Zimbabwe World Cup Ban

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Zimbabwe could finally participate in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after Fifa advised Zifa to engage and agree on a payment plan with former Warriors coach Valinhos before their ban from that tournament is overturned.

The senior national team was last Thursday barred by Fifa from taking part in the World Cup qualifiers as sanctions for failing to pay Jose Claudinei Georgini, aka Valinhos the $60 000 salary they owe him.

Following the Fifa Disciplinary Committee’s decision to ban Zimbabwe from the World Cup qualifiers, at the request of Valinhos, Zifa immediately approached Fifa appealing for more time to settle the debt.

But the world football governing body has referred Zifa to Valinhos.

According to the Standard, Fifa deputy secretary to the Disciplinary Committee Jose Rodriguez wrote to Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze late Friday advising that only an “agreement” between Zifa and Valinhos would have the ban lifted.

Yesterday Zifa claimed they had already contacted Valinhos’ lawyers with the association’s spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela expressing confidence in striking common ground with the Brazilian.
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