HARARE - The Zimbabwe senior women’s football team yesterday failed to train as they protested against unpaid bonuses from the games they played against Cameroon and Tanzania.
Zimbabwe is due to face Tanzania next week at Rufaro Stadium, in a crucial second leg qualifier of the Africa Women Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon from November 19 to December 3.
Yesterday, the Mighty Warriors demanded they be paid their dues before they return to training, claiming they were tired of “empty” promises from the association.
A win in the reverse fixture over Tanzania whom they beat 2-1 a week ago in Dar er Salam, would lead the Mighty Warriors into the last qualifying game against the winner of the clash between Zambia and Namibia.
And the Mighty Warriors who have been in camp since Sunday are irked by the failure by Zifa to address them over their outstanding dues.
A player who spoke on condition of anonymity said they are owed in excess of $3 500 per individual and the association has not been forthcoming on the promise since they beat Cameroon to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“We have been getting endless promises since the Cameroon game. We did not get our bonuses. Last week, we went to Tanzania and we are still to get our money and we wonder if are going to get paid. Players today (yesterday) agreed not to train if they do not pay us,” the player said.
Mighty Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi last night refused to answer questions on the players’ industrial action saying the association would be better placed to comment on the issue.
“My hands are tied at the moment and I cannot comment on the issue, the officials from Zifa would be better placed to give a better explanation,” Mlauzi said.
Zifa communications officer Xolisani Gwesela’s mobile phone was unreachable by the time of going to print and the association’s chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze, had not responded to questions sent to him.