Zimbabwe’s side is in a dispute with their own football association as they might not play the opener over non-payment issues.
Zimbabwe Football Association hasn’t yet honored the agreement they signed this year in May and things are getting intense just a few hours before the thrilling match against the home side Pharaohs.
On Monday, all such allegations were denied by ZIFA and said that all the players will get paid their outstanding allowances by as far as the 20th of June.
“Deliberations were ongoing, but there was never a time when we said we were not talking to each other.”
“ZIFA has contracts signed by each and every player, so, as far as we are concerned, everyone signed, ZIFA signed.”
“From the time they left South Africa, we have not been able to pay, but we have got [to get] the release of the monies to make sure that their allowance from the 8th [when the team’s training camp began] up to the 20th, the day before their first match, will get paid.”
However, when a member of Zimbabwe’s traveling party was asked yesterday, on the 20th of June, they said they still haven’t been paid.
“They haven’t paid.”
When asked if any member of the Zimbabwean squad had suggested a boycott, this is what he said:
“We are still waiting.”
“They promised everything [would be paid] tomorrow [Friday] morning.”
With payment still outstanding, and a similar circumstance like the last AFCON is foreshadowing – when Zimbabwe’s preparations for the tournament took a halt when players’ refused to board the plane to Gabon due to similar disputes over allowances and bonuses – our excitement for today’s exhilarating match might be met with a dead end.
Whatever the circumstance arises, we’ll find out in the next few hours, as the opener between the likes of Zimbabwe and home-team Egypt is set to be played in the Cairo Stadium.
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