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By Mugove Chigada / Published on Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 15:10 PM / No Comments / 982 views

5 January 2017


. . . as Musona joins camp

Knowledge Musona
Knowledge Musona

WARRIORS talisman Knowledge Musona finally joined his teammates yesterday, a day Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa also promised normalcy in camp.

Chiyangwa, accompanied by Zifa officials and some Net One executives, addressed Musona and company after the afternoon training at National Sports Stadium, saying the stand-off over accommodation and allowances was a misunderstanding between the association and players.

Chiyangwa and NetOne executives
Chiyangwa and Net One executives

The situation was threatening to put the Warriors preparations for the 2017 AFCON finals in disarray.

Players had rejected Zifa village accommodation and approached Footballers Union of Zimbabwe for help to get an alternative place in town, Holiday Inn.

Yesterday Chiyangwa said the sponsor NetOne was prepared to pay for accommodation of the players’ choice from the onset.

The players being addressed
The players being addressed

“I also know that since I returned from my first inaugural meeting at COSAFA and I came when there was some misunderstanding over where you should sleep and stay which I must say I resolved with the coach and captain that for the New Year’s eve, you go away whilst I contacted several other players so that we could resolve not just that one issue but other issues to do with your travel.

“I know that you will leave Saturday morning therefore the coach must announce the team tomorrow. Those who want to sleep tonight, whether you want to sleep at the Sheraton, whether you want to sleep at Cresta Lodge, all those places are available for you,” said Chiyangwa.

“I will also be discussing on the issue of your allowances with your negotiators. I can talk about it now.”

Chiyangwa said the fact that the local-based players that played Cote d’lvoire in a friendly match had agreed to stay at the village gave them the impression that they could continue like that.

“Most of you went to Cote d’lvoire coming from the Zifa village. So it was assumed that when you are back from Cote d’lvoire, you would go back and stay at the village.

“We just said vanhu vaye vabva kuCote d’lvoire vakudzokeraka ku village kunorara. But it’s unfortunate mamasanganawoka nedzimwe shasha dzanga dzauya. What could I do? I came back and I found there was a stand-off and I had to talk to the captain.

“… I heard there was the issue of US$50 and US$60. We have money. That was not smart but I understand things can fall out of place. But now I’m here, my eyes are open and I have to make sure you go to Gabon,” said Chiyangwa.

“Now let’s work hard to bring the desired results that Zimbabwe want.”

Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa is expected to announce his final 23 today, with three players being axed.

Musona, who was the only player yet to join camp, trained with the rest of the team in the afternoon.

However, two other players from the 26, Mathew Rusike and Khama Billiat were not part of the team in the afternoon.

Mathew had gone to Tunisia to complete a transfer deal while Khama was released to attend the 25th edition of the Glo Africa Awards set for Nigeria tonight.

The Mamelodi Sundowns and Warriors star, Khama, is part of the three shortlisted for African Footballer of the Year based Africa.

After successfully winning the CAF Champions league, Khama and goalkeeper Denis Onyango managed to make it to the top three.

Zambian star Rainford Kalaba, who led TP Mazembe to a successful CAF Confederation Cup triumph, is also part of the top three.

At the Glo Africa Awards, the king of African Football will also be crowned. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez have been shortlisted for that big award.

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