"It’s Sad We'd To Focus On Solving Issues Not The Match," Knowledge Musona
Warriors Captain, Knowledge Musona has said that the Warriors will commit to the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations finals fixture after the government last night intervened to end their standoff with the national soccer governing body, ZIFA.
The Warriors had threatened to boycott the AFCON opening match against the hosts Egypt tonight as ZIFA had reportedly not paid them their US$9 000 each. ZIFA officials were saying they had paid the money on Wednesday and produced bank transfer receipts as confirmation, but, the players insisted nothing had reflected in their bank accounts.
Moreover, a number of players, notably, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Walter Musona and Ovidy Karuru had ended up meeting their medical bills.
ICT Minister Kazembe Kazembe, the chair of the 2019 AFCON Fund-raising Committee, pleaded with the players to play whilst the government finds ways to make ZIFA address their grievances. He said:
You have to play for those people who are home, especially President (Mnangagwa), who has been supporting your cause.
Musona promised the minister and the nation that they will fulfil the fixture. He said:
We are glad that our issues have been dealt with in this meeting and we have received the commitment that our dues will be dealt with and we can promise you that we will play the match against Egypt.
It’s sad that instead of us focusing on the match we have spent a lot of time trying to deal with these issues but we can promise you that we will give it our best tomorrow.
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