Warriors go on strike

Sport Zimbabwe

… AFCON opener hangs in the balance!!

Zimbabwe’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt is in jeopardy.

This is after threats by players to boycott the opening match in protest over daily allowances and appearance fees.

Zimbabwe face Egypt in their first group A match in Cairo on Friday.

ZTN Sport understands the Warriors halted their preparations for the big game, with unconfirmed reports that some players had initiated the process of securing tickets to return home.

However, Zimbabwe Football Association board member (finance) Philemon Machana had earlier in the week claimed the situation was under control.

“Yes, deliberations were ongoing, but there was never a time when we said we were not talking to each other,” Machana told ZTN Sport.

“As we speak, Zifa have contracts signed by each and every player. So, as far as we are concerned, everyone signed; Zifa signed.”

He added they had released allowances to be paid before the match and that other payments were in order.

The players, the source said, are pushing for payments before they play, dismissing claims that they signed contracts.