AFCON: Zimbabwe players threaten to boycott DR Congo clash

The Zimbabwe national team may not show up to face DR Congo in the final Group A game at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after a row over payment of the team’s dues.

As reported by Zimeye a Zimbabwean online site, The Warriors are allegedly owed approximately Ksh ­1.2m each by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).

Meeting

A meeting was apparently held on Thursday 27 June between ZIFA officials and the players to try and resolve the issue but a middleground wasn’t struck and the players are contemplating pulling out of the competition before their last group match.

“A number of players also confirmed they had told the ZIFA officials they were ready to abandon camp and fly back home,” Zimeye reported.

“Xolisani Gwesela (ZIFA’s Communications Manager), has been sent to establish how much it will cost to withdraw from the tournament because of events that happened today [Thursday].

One of the players quoted on the site stated, “We were called in and told of the developments about the possible withdrawal from the tournament and we told them that we were ready to go home because we believe they haven’t fulfilled our contracts. We have an agreement with them and it has to be fulfilled.”

Position

Zimbabwe has one point from the opening two matches ahead of the game against DR Congo on Sunday 3 July.