DeMbare threaten Bob92 boycott

HARARE - Harare giants Dynamos insist they will not play tomorrow’s Bob92 Super Cup final against Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium unless they receive their prize money from last year.

“Dynamos Football Club appreciates the invitation to participate in the Zifa Bob92 Super Cup. However, it is with regret we are not able to proceed with the match due to non-payment of the Bob91 Cup prize money,” the club’s board wrote to Zifa and the tournament organisers in a letter seen by the Daily News.

“We would appreciate it if the outstanding dues are paid before another tournament. Dynamos values and appreciate our president (Robert Mugabe) and this request is by no means meant to demean the purpose of the match.

“It must however, be noted that it is critical the boys be paid for playing because this is their livelihood. We hope that our request will be considered positively.”

The Glamour Boys are demanding they get their $50 000 prize money after defeating CAPS United 1-0 in last year’s final at Rufaro Stadium.

The tournament is held annually to celebrate Mugabe’s birthday which falls on February 21.

Tournament organising committee chairperson Stan Kasukuwere said they are aware of Dynamos’ concerns.

“We are working on the matter at the moment trying to get to the bottom of it. The letter is coming from the board and not the executive who are in charge of the day-to-day running of the club,” he said.

When sought for comment, Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said the association “had not been briefed of any pull out of the tournament by Dynamos”.

Highlanders have already voiced their concern with the tournament organisers regarding the outstanding amount from previous editions.

“I would like to find out what guarantee we have that we are going to get our prize money after playing in this tournament?” Bosso vice-chairperson Morden Ngwenya asked the organisers when the Bob92 Super Cup was launched earlier this week.

“You have not told us about camping since we will be travelling to Harare and all these issues need clarification before the tournament kicks off and also the rules and regulations you haven’t said anything in this regard.”

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