FIFA reportedly halts funding to Zambia until $40,000 is paid to ex-Chipolopolo coach, Asanovic


FIFA has halted funding to Zambia until the football association in that country pays former coach, Aljosa Asanovic, US$40,000 arrears and allowances.

FIFA, the football governing body had withheld development funding for Zambia until Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) pays former Chipolopolo coach Asanovic.

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This was after the FAZ lost the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

In August, FIFA ruled that the FAZ pays Asanovic for wrongful dismissal eight months into his four-year-long deal as Chipolopolo coach.

However, FAZ appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It, however, emerged that FAZ had lost the appeal.

This is according to a letter from FIFA addressed to FAZ dated March 4, 2024 and sighed by FIFA Head of Players Status, Erika Ferreira.

According to the FIFA letter making the rounds on social media, Ferreira stated that the development fund would only resume upon FAZ brandishing evidence to the effect that Asanovic’s money had been paid.

“The aforementioned restriction will be lifted upon receipt by FIFA of the full proof of payment of the due amount per the decision including all applicable interest.

“ In the event such payment is not made by the FAZ until the next distribution of the development funding by FIFA, a further and more severe restriction will be imposed,” read the letter in part.

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