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Zimbabwe’s FA denies rumors of AFCON-opener boycott

Zimbabwe’s Football Association (ZIFA) has denied local reports the team is considering boycotting Friday’s opening match against Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt in Cairo over a pay dispute.

“ZIFA would like to reiterate that the Warriors have remained focused ahead of opening Group A match against Egypt,” the governing body said in a statement published late on Thursday.

“ZIFA and Warriors have signed a contract and both parties will honour and respect all contractual obligations,” it added.

Read more: Zimbabwe players threaten to boycott AFCON 2019 opener over money row

According to Zimbabwean media, the national team was threatening to boycott the Egypt encounter over a dispute with ZIFA officials about daily allowances and bonuses.

According to Zimbabwean journalist Howard Musonza, players accused both the association and the government of lying about the payments they would receive.

Musonza reported that the players were locked in talks late on Thursday and that some players had “booked their flights home”. He further alleged that the team was demanding US$9000 before 13:00 on Friday – or they would refuse to pay. Later, he shared a Tweet saying the “impasse is over, about US$9200 is reflecting in some players’ bank accounts”.

“Warriors have not ventured in any industrial action or strike as reported in some social media circles,” ZIFA said.

Zimbabwe are appearing at the tournament for the fourth time and have never advanced beyond the first round.

Source: The South African

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