FIFA: Zimbabwe expelled from 2018 World Cup qualifying

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has expelled Zimbabwe from 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay its national team coach.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee says it took the action “as a result of the non-payment of an outstanding debt” by Zimbabwe’s football federation to coach Jose Claudinei Georgini.

FIFA says Zimbabwe failed to make the payments despite a grace period.

As a result, Zimbabwe has been kicked out of the preliminary qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.