Mighty Warriors to play for 'pride'

HARARE - Zimbabwe women football team have decided play in this weekend’s African Women Championships (AWC) return leg qualifier against Zambia despite efforts to receive outstanding dues falling on deaf ears.

The players will travel to Zambia today having been promised a paltry allowance of $50 for the whole month they were in camp preparing for the two legs of the final qualifier.

On Tuesday, players had boycotted training at Zifa Village in Mount Hampden demanding outstanding dues in match fees, allowances and bonuses.

But after engaging Zifa and weighing their options, the Felistas Muzongondi-captained side say they have been left with no choice but to represent their country only  for pride.

The Mighty Warriors lost the first leg 1-0 in Harare last week and travel to Lusaka needing a spirited performance on Sunday to overhaul the deficit and progress to the African Women Championships final in Namibia.

“We have been offered $50. Zifa insist they are broke so even if we strike they will be no change,” said one player who requested anonymity. 

“We have been preparing for the whole month for this match, (so) we can’t give up now. We are now just playing football not for money but for country.”

Zimbabwe had been on a steady path to qualifying for the 2014 AWC finals having beat Botswana 1-0 in the first match and 2-1 in the return leg to progress to the last qualifying round.

Despite their on-field performances, the Mighty Warriors have had little recognition with Zifa’s failure to honour players’ dues being part of a series of disputes.

However, Mighty Warriors coach Rosemary Mugadza yesterday insisted their preparations for the Zambia tie were “going according to plan” and that the said crisis her team faces is just an imagination of the media.

“Everything is fine,” Mugadza told the Daily News yesterday.

“We are actually having our last training session as I’m speaking to you. If we remain with the right attitude, I don’t see us having problems in Zambia.”

On the said crisis surrounding her team’s camp, Mugadza said:

“We don’t know about the strike, like I said everything is fine. In fact we are actually reading it in the press.”

Comments (1)

Rosemary, why are you doing this to the innocent girls WHY? Say the truth

pope - 5 June 2014

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