Fif­pro sup­ports play­ers strike

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers (Fif­pro) has come out in full sup­port of the strike by dis­grun­tled Hwange FC play­ers over un­paid win­ning bonuses and sign­ing on fees stretch­ing back to 2015.

The play­ers are each owed $800 in win­ning bonuses for last sea­son and $1 250 for this year, ex­clud­ing sign­ing on fees for the two sea­sons, which are be­lieved to be close to $4 000 per sea­son.

The only money play­ers re­ceived are $10 home games’ al­lowances and away games’ al­lowances of $20.

Fif­pro, which rep­re­sents the in­ter­ests of over 65 000 pro­fes­sional football play­ers world­wide, called on the Pre­mier Soc­cer League and Zifa to take ac­tion.

In a state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day fol­low­ing in­dus­trial ac­tion by the play­ers on Tues­day, Fif­pro was un­equiv­o­cal in its sup­port of the play­ers’ ac­tion.

“Fif­pro fully sup­ports the play­ers’ strike and urges the club, the League and the Zim­bab­wean Football As­so­ci­a­tion (Zifa), to take ac­tion. Two years with­out pay­ment is ap­palling,” wrote Fif­pro sec­re­tary-gen­eral Theo van Segge­len.

“It is about time that Hwange FC and other clubs in Zim­babwe and Africa re­alise that in pro­fes­sional football it is manda­tory to pay play­ers and re­spect their con­tracts.

“A club which does not pay its play­ers does not be­long in pro­fes­sional football. It is up to the leagues and the lo­cal fed­er­a­tions to mon­i­tor their clubs and to pre­vent sit­u­a­tions such as these from oc­cur­ring,” said van Segge­len.

This is the first time the play­ers’ in­ter­na­tional body has come out in sup­port of strike ac­tion by play­ers in Zim­babwe.

Hwange play­ers be­come the third to re­volt against the club this sea­son over money is­sues af­ter Tsholot­sho and Caps United.

Mean­while, Hwange ad­min­is­tra­tor Khum­bu­lani Mbano in­sin­u­ated that Football Union of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent and Dy­namos le­gend Des­mond Mar­ingwa was be­hind the in­dus­trial ac­tion by the play­ers. He said this while ad­dress­ing the play­ers on Tues­day.

“If com­pany man­age­ment says there is no longer football in Hwange (be­cause of strike ac­tion), I then say to my­self so this was de­lib­er­ate so that Mar­ingwa takes them (play­ers) to Dy­namos,” Mbano said. How­ever, Mar­ingwa rub­bished the claims yes­ter­day. “That’s a very petty is­sue, a child­ish state­ment. We are a pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tion, hence our recog­ni­tion by other in­ter­na­tional bod­ies,” said Mar­ingwa.

Fif­pro sec­re­tary-gen­eral Theo van Segge­len

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