Zambia might lose K5 billion over sacked coach Bonetti

Zambia might lose K5 billion over sacked coach Bonetti

THE Football Association of Zambia stands to pay dismissed Chipolopolo coach Dario Bonetti and his staff over K5 billion as separation package.

FAZ terminated the contract of Bonetti on Monday, 48 hours after the Italian guided Zambia to a 15th Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea 2012.

Although FAZ general secretary George Kasengele claimed the decision to sack the trainer was mutual between the two parties, Bonetti has a different story – he was merely informed by FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya his contract had been terminated.

If the status quo remains that Bonetti did not agree to this separation, he will not regret his next trip to the bank, irrespective of how long it takes.

Bonetti was pocketing about K135 million a month.

The Italian says qualification to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations gives him an automatic one-year contract extension.

By implication, Bonetti still has an additional 12 months to the initial contract that was due to expire in July 2012.

Since FAZ may have no reasonable cause for Bonetti’s exit, they would have to pay out his remaining 22 months totalling about K3.6 billion.

His assistants collectively pocket about K1.9 billion annually.

Bonetti has an option to report the matter to FIFA if FAZ fails to pay his dues and the world soccer mother body will gladly withhold its US $500, 000 annual grant to Zambia.

That was ex-Zambia trainer Burkhad Ziese’s ultimate benefit when his contract was prematurely terminated by Zambian football authorities

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