DeMbare players boycott training

HARARE - Dynamos'preparations for Sunday’s African Champions League second leg against Democratic Republic of Congo outfit AS Vita, took a knock yesterday after players boycotted training over unpaid bonuses.

The players, who returned to training yesterday after resting on Monday, are defiant they will not train until they at least get clarification and guarantee from the club’s management.

When the Daily News visited the club’s training ground at Zimphos in Msasa, this reporter was barred from entering the venue by DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa and his assistant Tichaona Diya.

Normally, DeMbare allow media personnel at their Tuesday and Thursday training sessions but that was not the case yesterday.

One senior player who spoke to the Daily News on the condition of anonymity said they refused to take to the field forcing Pasuwa to conduct the training session with a handful of players from the reserve side.

The player said they are owed an average of $600 in winning bonuses by the club dating back to last season’s final game when they beat Black Mambas to clinch the title.

They are also owed winning bonuses from their African Champions League preliminary round win over Mochudi Centre Chiefs last month.     

Dynamos players’ salaries are paid by BancABC while the club has to source money for winning bonuses and allowances.

The club had promised the players their outstanding dues after last Sunday’s goalless draw in the first leg tie against Vita, but nothing has materialised.

The industrial action is likely to affect Pasuwa’s plans for the second leg trip to Kinshasa this Sunday where DeMbare need a positive result to qualify for the second round of the competition.

The Glamour Boys made life difficult for themselves, when they failed to score against Vita at home on Saturday.

Dynamos need to win or get a scoring draw in Kinshasa to reach the last 16 round of the competition.

DeMbare’s chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa admitted the club’s coffers are empty and they are working flat out to secure the funds to pay the players.

“We have discussed it with the players that we don’t have money,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“They are aware we don’t have a sponsor in the Champions League and it has made our situation difficult. We have a journey to Congo. But we told them we will try to balance with the little that we get.

“The problem is that Chikengezha (Webster) was down with flu and he is the one who has been handling their issue. I understand there is something for them but since Chikengezha was not feeling well, we can only wait for him.

“It’s something which is under control although I am not aware the team did not train today (yesterday). I am sure things will be back to normal soon.”

It is not clear whether the club will be able to raise the funds to pay the players as they were battling to secure airfares for their trip to Kinshasa.

In the preliminary round, Dynamos travelled by road to play Mochudi centre Chiefs in Gaborone last month.

This time around, a road trip will be taxing on players since the distance between Harare and Kinshasa is over 3 000km — a journey that will at least take three days to travel by road.

Comments (5)

zvisina kuchema huyai kuzvishavane pa fc platinum apa kumari isina zvibinge,manzwa here mkoma makahamadze,mushekwa,pagzu.

lkzee,zoraman pamasvingo,goza - 5 March 2014

please players lets focus on the battle at hand then complain after for the good of the nation

darling - 5 March 2014

dynamos has won three straight league championship meaning success how can it be bankrupt. dynamos is the crowd puller in all its games where does the gate takings go. management be serious with the club. counting on dynamos success it could be the richest team in zimbabwe why not. food for thot

emurungweni - 6 March 2014

Yes they have been champions three times but the rewards are just pathetic,they filled the stadium week in week out but the money is gobbled by owners of the stadia,police,and Zifa hence the only way forward is to source for a sponsor who is prepared to foot for the champions league expenses but unfortunately time is not on our side.BUT I STILL BELIEVE may be we can sneak in

GLAMOURBOY - 6 March 2014

I follow dembare closely when they start to have these problems they will win their next assignment. mark my words they will progress to the next round. kuti mushonga here that much i dont knw. they team always do beta when they are having problems. pavakaromba pakuru

dibango - 6 March 2014

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