More trouble looming for GU?

  • Zapata still owed P300 000
  • Situation could change if Zackhem steps in


In the midst of their contractual dispute with former player Bismark Appiah, the club could be bracing for another legal battle with former coach Rodolfo Zapata. The Argentine coach left his post at GU towards the end of the season to take the reins at AFC Leopards.
GU could face yet another legal battle with a former employer as Zapata is expected to send a demand letter if the club does not find a way to reach a consensus with the Argentine tactician. Zapata was reportedly unpaid for numerous months, it is alleged that the unpaid wages have amounted to approximately P300 000.
The coach informed Gazette Sport almost two months ago that he is still owed his unpaid wages, Zapata stopped short of stating that the matter has been neglected after stating that the club is yet to contact him regarding a way forward.
He quit the club during their darkest period when they had spent months without paying their players, the coach had always been outspoken about the difficult situation his players were in. He left GU days before an important Gaborone Derby against Township Rollers, this irked the club as they felt blind-sided by his sudden departure.
GU, through the Botswana Football Association, approved his clearance in order to enable him to coach AFC Leopards. A source has indicated that there is no animosity between both parties but that will not stop Zapata from pursuing the payment of his due wages.
At the time of press, rumours had circulated that a series of meetings will take place as former financier Nicholas Zackhem is widely tipped to return to the club. His possible return would ease the club’s financial problems, he had a good relationship with Zapata and he could be the key to solving the matter.