WARRIORS, ZIFA WAR ONGOING
4 January 2017
WARRIORS manager Sharif Mussa has admitted that there is a fall-out between Zifa and the players regarding the issue of accommodation and allowances.
So serious is the fall-out that the players looked for their own sponsor for accommodation at a hotel in the capital while negotiations with Zifa are said to be ongoing.
Players approached their Union, Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, to help with accommodation while some players are also believed to be covering some costs to ensure they are comfortable.
The current crisis now brings to the fore claims by Zifa that they had given sponsorship exclusivity to one sponsor when the whole AFCON campaign need well over US$500 000.
The Warriors face Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia in group B of the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.
Yesterday Sharif however insisted that there were negotiations between the players and the association to try and rectify the issue.
“There are issues of accommodation, allowances and things like that. But there are ongoing negotiations between the players and the relevant people in Zifa.
“A position has not been taken. We hope soon it should be finalised,” said Mussa.
The association planned for the team to camp at Zifa village.
“But in regards to this, Zifa have made it clear that camping will be at Zifa village. The players went there, inspected it and they were not happy.
“And as individuals, the players collectively sort to engage their well-wisher or well-wishers to see where they can get comfortable and better accommodation than the Zifa village, where they feel getting into this campaign, they can prepare better mentally and physically,” said the manager.
“Although there is nothing really wrong with the Zifa village, they feel it is not up to their standard.
“So Zifa and the players are still engaged in discussions as to where next best they could go to, depending on resources and budgets.
“Currently they are based at another hotel where the well-wisher had stepped in from yesterday. For how long? We don’t know yet.
“So I’m told, the well wisher, Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) have come in to see they can get better standards according to what the players want.”
Coach Kalisto Pasuwa said he was concentrating on matters on the pitch.
“I think on that issue there is the manager and he can manage that. I am a coach and I’m just doing my job in the field of play. Everything in the field of play is okay so far,” Pasuwa said.