No pay-cut for Zim coach

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Tadious Manyepo

 

Harare - The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken even the most of the lucrative football leagues in the world.

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From Spain to England, top-flight and lower division sides are cutting wages of players and officials as they are not performing any duties due to the coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging the world.

Just this week, Zimbabwe's biggest export, Marvellous Nakamba, who plies his trade at Aston Villa in England, took a 25 per cent pay cut as teams in the English Premiership battle to reduce their wage bills.

African teams, including several top-tier clubs in Zimbabwe, are currently negotiating  for wage cuts with their staff.

But Zimbabwe national team coach, Zdravko Logarusic, who is yet to preside over any game since his appointment in February, won't have any worries as his salary will not be changed.

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) communications manager, Xolisani Gwesela, revealed that Logarusic's salary won't be reviewed downwards.

"Nothing has changed in as far as the coach's salary is concerned. Zdravko Logarusic is the Zimbabwe Warriors coach, a position which gives him extra duties including having to travel across the country to watch both junior and senior players in action," said Gwesela.

"He is a full-time employee for the Zimbabwe Football Association just like everyone else. No employee from the association has had their salaries cut. So at the moment Logarusic's salary remains unchanged."

The Croatian gaffer reportedly earns around US$6 500 (R115 000) per month minus allowances.

Logarusic was supposed to have taken his first assignment in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back qualifier against African champions Algeria late last last month.

Soon after that bumper assignment, the former Sudan trainer was scheduled to lead the Warriors in the biannual African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon between 4-25 April.

But all those fixtures were washed away by the Covid-19 pandemic as authorities banned travelling and congregations as a way to contain the spread of the ailment which has claimed close to 200 000 people around the globe.

The 2022 World Cup qualifying rounds were supposed to start in June but, they were postponed indefinitely by FIFA.

Meanwhile, Logarusic is a worried man as his family was yet to join him in Zimbabwe by the time the coronavirus outbreak caused a blackout to travelling.

He is holed up in Zimbabwe while his family is back home in Croatia, one of the world's hardest hit countries by the scourge.

              

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