16 City play­ers owed salaries, bonuses

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

MORALE is re­port­edly low in the Bulawayo City FC camp, with play­ers claim­ing they are owed two months’ salaries and bonuses.

Amakhosi as City are af­fec­tion­ately known, owe play­ers $400 each in bonuses for two matches, the 1-0 away win over Border Strik­ers and last week’s 3-1 vic­tory over Caps United, as well as for their draws against Hwange and Dy­namos.

Play­ers said they have been sur­viv­ing on camp­ing al­lowances pegged at $35 for away games and $15 for home matches.

“We’re owed two months salaries and bonuses. For ev­ery point ac­cu­mu­lated, we get $50 and to date they owe us $400 in bonuses. Things are tight for most of us be­cause we’re fam­ily men and have to pro­vide for our fam­i­lies. Imag­ine the pres­sure we’re get­ting from our land­lords be­cause of th­ese salary ar­rears,” said one player.

“At least those who make it into the fi­nal match day squad of 18 are cush­ioned by camp­ing al­lowances, while those who don’t make it miss out. What makes mat­ters worse is that no one is com­mu­ni­cat­ing with us and we think the act­ing coach is even afraid to ask the ex­ec­u­tive about th­ese out­stand­ing salaries and bonuses,” the player said. The play­ers also claim that sus­pended coach Phi­lani Ncube used to take their griev­ances to club man­age­ment. Ncube, his as­sis­tant Farai Mu­jokoro, goal­keep­ers’ coach Regi­nald Buhali and kit man­ager Mvala are wait­ing to ap­pear be­fore the club’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee over match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions. It is al­leged that they tried to bribe Border Strik­ers’ goal­keeper Tal­ent Sande to let them win by more than three goals in a league match, which they later won 1-0 in Beit­bridge. Mu­jokoro and Mvala have since been sum­moned to ap­pear be­fore the league’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee, while Ncube and Buhali, who were cleared of crim­i­nal charges by the po­lice, were not sum­moned by the PSL. Try Ncube is the act­ing coach and left with the team to Harare yes­ter­day for their en­counter against Harare City this af­ter­noon. Although the play­ers are un­happy about the is­sue of out­stand­ing bonuses, they said they are de­ter­mined to win against their Harare coun­ter­parts and in­crease the money they are owed.

“Ob­vi­ously some are not ap­ply­ing them­selves fully at train­ing be­cause of stress em­a­nat­ing from out­stand­ing salaries, but those that are in the team want to win and have more bonuses. We’re hope­ful that the money will come soon so that peo­ple can fully fo­cus on their jobs,” said a player.

Jerry Sibanda, City’s chair­man, con­firmed ow­ing play­ers and said the mat­ter would be re­solved soon.

“The club gets a grant from the City Coun­cil and yes they are owed, but that will be re­solved,” said Sibanda.

Jerry Sibanda Byo City FC chair­man

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