Mapeza to pocket hefty bonus if Warriors qualify for World Cup

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Interim Zimbabwe national team coach Norman Mapeza will receive an R8.8 million bonus if he guides the Warriors to World Cup qualification.

According to reports, as part of the short-term contract Mapeza signed with the Zimbabwe Football Association [Zifa], there are a number of bonuses including one which will see him rewarded for leading the team to their first World Cup appearance in Qatar.

Reports are that the former Chippa United coach, who was appointed Warriors interim coach last week after the association sacked Zdravko Logarušic, will take 5% of the qualification bonus that comes from Fifa.

Every country that qualifies for the tournament will receive US$12 million [R177 million], with the eventual winners claiming a further US$40 million [R590 million].

“Zifa has always tried to motivate coaches. (Zifa) knows that if the team qualifies, it means more money coming to its coffers. We have always had incentives in place. There are incentives that have been tabled for Mapeza like any other coach,” NewsDay quoted a source.

“Of course, it is not going to be easy for him to qualify the team given the way the campaigned started.”

Mapeza takes over a team whose morale has reached rock bottom after a dull 0-0 draw against Bafana Bafana followed by a 1-0 defeat away to lowly Ethiopia which left the Warriors at the bottom of their group.

The Warriors face the Black Stars of Ghana in back-to-back clashes early next month. After that, they make a trip across the Limpopo River to face Bafana Bafana before they round off the campaign with a home match against Ethiopia.

Mapeza said it was now up to the players to put the disappointment aside and fight to restore their qualification hopes.

“I will need to talk to the boys and forget what happened in the past. We played a draw against South Africa and lost in Ethiopia, and it’s all part of the game.

“But it’s a new game, and they (the team) only need to wait and put maximum effort in whatever we are going to do.

“It’s (playing Ghana) not going to be easy considering the time frame, so we are going to talk with them to try and save the pride of the nation,” Mapeza told national broadcaster ZBC.

Only the group winners will qualify to the next stage of the qualifying process. Five teams from Africa will be part of the 32 teams at the finals next year.

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By FARPost Reporter