Warriors threaten not to fulfil Nigeria game

CAPE TOWN – The Zimbabwe national football team boycotted training on Friday ahead of Saturday’s African Nations Championship (Chan) third place play-off against Nigeria.

The players were protesting the non-payment of their bonuses and allowances by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) since they arrived in South Africa for the competition reserved for locally based players.

The Warriors unexpectedly reached the semifinals of the tournament where they unfortunately lost 5-4 on penalties to North African side Libya on Wednesday night.

Despite their efforts during the tournament, the players feel the team management is being insincere to their plight.  

“All we have got from the management is promises and more promises. We feel that we have done a good job by reaching the semifinals,” one player who requested anonymity in fear of victimisation told the Daily News last night.

“As players we fear that when we get to Zimbabwe, Zifa might fail to pay us the money they owe us.”

The players have also threatened not to fulfil Saturday’s play-off against Nigeria if the situation is not addressed.

If this goes ahead, it will be a great embarrassment for Zifa and tournament organisers the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Only on Thursday night, the Spanish Copa Del Rey quarterfinal second leg clash between Racing Santander and Real Sociedad was called off after the Santander players protested against unpaid salaries.

The third-tier team announced on Monday they would boycott the game unless club president Angel Lavin and the board resigned and they formed a line on the centre circle immediately after the match at the Sardinero began.

Sociedad played the ball around in their own half for about a minute before the referee consulted home captain Mario Fernandez and brought the tie to a halt.

The Warriors players are likely to take similar action like the one taken by the Santander squad unless this impasse is resolved.

Comments (6)

Is Carthbert Dube back at Zifa? These Zifa imbeciles think players are there to risk their limbs for their aggrandizement and forget that soccer is some of these boys only source of income. No wonder this country is full of very sorry souls, we are blessed with very bad managers from state house to even town house. Even some members of the house of God have joined the fray for freebies. May the good Lord have mercy on this nation.

Topheavy - 1 February 2014

Advice to the players is that they should play the game,come back home and camp at Cuthbert Dube's house if they do not receive their dues,i think that make sense.

GLAMOURBOY - 1 February 2014

eeish, Cuthbert Dube....

snowden - 1 February 2014

Cuthbert has done absolutely nothing wrong. What he did maybe immoral but certainly it isn't illegal. The oversight ministry should take the blame. Cuthbert is protected by FIFA at Zifa so cry all you want the fella stays. Impressive Cuthbert, simply impressive!

Zoro Chingazi - 1 February 2014

Our failure to see opportunities and create money out of such makes us behave like idiots. If ZIFA can capitalise on this success of the boys, make them happy and create a strong and highly motivated team then that means our soccer loving nation will rally behind the boys all the time they boys are playing. This kind of support is the one that generates money like in UK. Its because football is properly managed and players are well paid. We have sic leadership in all areas honestly.

Ziziharinanyanga - 1 February 2014

Cuthbert Dube Uri Mbwa. Imbwa chaiyo ine makuMbo 4. An Idiot who dosen't know how money is sustainably created.

Ziziharinanyanga - 1 February 2014

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