World football governing body FIFA has orderd the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to pay Dario Bonetti $400, 000 for wrongful dismisal.
Very reliable sources have told the Zambian Watchdog that FIFA made the order today (Friday) afternoon after close to two years of looking at the case.
The Italian coach was fired by FAZ in October 2011 just after he qaulified Chipolopolo to the Africa Cup which they later won under Herve Renard.
Bonetti stated then that Faz breached its contract with him and he deserved to be compensated. He threatened to go all the way to FIFA but FAZ dismised his ‘ranitngs’ and said he can do as he pleases. FAZ claimed Bonetti agreed to end his contract.
“I don’t like the way everything has happened in the last 15 days. We must talk about what is right in the contract and the contract says I am binding until July 15, 2012,” Bonetti stated.
Bonetti was at first demanding US$ 1.6 million compensation from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) through FIFA.
He filed his claim on November 21, 2011. “Last Monday I sent all the documentation to FIFA, to FAZ, to the FIGC (Italian federation) asking for US$ 1,650,000,” Bonetti said.
Bonetti said he was claiming wrongful dismissal from the FAZ whom he alleged fired him without furnishing him any reasons. “This is amount that (FAZ President) Mr. Kalusha Bwalya and FAZ have to pay me for the African Cup qualification and for firing me immediately after without reasons,” the Italian said.
But FAZ said they have not received any letter or claim from Bonetti and that as far as the association was concerned the Italian’s matter was closed. FAZ communications manager, Erick Mwanza said in Lusaka that the association had nothing else to do with Bonetti because the separation was through mutual consent.
“Let him (Bonetti) just watch from a distance, we want him to marvel how a team can perform,” Mwanza said. Bonetti was sacked just 48 hours after securing Zambia’s qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup follow a scoreless home draw against Libya on October 8 at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola.