Enraged Mighty Warriors players yesterday again refused to train before besieging Zifa House in the capital to demand their outstanding bonuses from the association.
The players only agreed to return to Zifa Village in Mt Hampden late last night after the intervention of Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa, who gave the team $3 900 to share. The Mighty Warriors are claiming that the association owes $525 per player from the game they played against Tanzania a week ago and almost $3 500 in total for the previous games they played, including the final 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers against Cameroon. Yesterday’s action came after the players refused to train on Wednesday in protest over what they called “empty” promises from Zifa.
The female footballers spent almost the entire day roaming around aimlessly at Zifa House and no one from the association’s secretariat dared to address the players for the better part of yesterday. Initially, the Zifa leadership had summoned the team’s captains Felistas Muzongondi and Nobuhle Majika to try and resolve the impasse before the entire team stormed 53 Livingstone Avenue to support their teammates.
The team is in camp in preparation for the crucial secondleg qualifier of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations against Tanzania. Today, the Mighty Warriors are expected to return to training in preparation of the secondleg clash against Tanzania at Rufaro Stadium next Sunday. Zimbabwe carry a 21 lead from the first leg and a draw will be enough to send the team into the last qualifying round against either Zambia or Namibia.
A win in the last qualifying round will earn the Mighty Warriors a berth at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon from November 19 to December 3