Mapeza, Zifa battle continues

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HARARE – Former Zimbabwe football coach Norman Mapeza has approached the High Court seeking for the registration of an arbitral award compelling his ex-employer Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to pay him $243 000 in damages.

Mapeza won an arbitral award after Caleb Mucheche last year ruled that his indefinite suspension on allegations of match-fixing was illegal and directed the parties to agree on the quantification of the outstanding payments.

“This honourable Arbitrator quantified the amount due in the sum of $243 546, 52 as damages with interest thereon at the rate of five percent per annum with effect from October 25, 2012, to the date of full payment together with legal costs on the scale of legal practitioner and client,” Mapeza said.

However, Zifa is contesting the application.

“There are no issues arising, save to state that the Arbitral award of October 2012 was appealed against and the appeal is still pending before the Labour Court. Should the Applicant (Mapeza) register the award and executes it, the appeal will become an academic exercise,” said Zifa.

Zifa said the application lacks merit and that the award was not supposed to be registered pending the outcome of the appeal.

On the other hand, Mapeza argued that the appeal did not suspend the arbitral award.

According to the terms of the agreement, Mapeza was entitled to a net salary of $5 000 per month excluding allowances, bonuses and appearance fees.

He was also entitled to a company vehicle.

The matter is still to be heard before the High Court.

Mapeza was dismissed as Warriors coach last year for his alleged role in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal. – Tendai Kamhungira

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