Hwange threaten to boy­cott Dy­namos match

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

HWANGE Foot­ball Club play­ers have threat­ened not to travel to Harare for their league match against for­mer cham­pi­ons Dy­namos if the com­pany re­neges on its prom­ise to pay them part of their dues.

The play­ers called off their strike on Wed­nes­day and re­sumed train­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter Hwange Col­liery Com­pany Lim­ited promised to de­posit part of their dues by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, but they have now threat­ened not to travel for their fix­ture against Dy­namos if no pay­ment is made to­day.

Team chair­man Joseph Zulu had promised that the com­pany would de­posit part of the play­ers’ money be­lieved to be $250 to­day, re­sult­ing in them call­ing off their strike and re­turn­ing to train­ing, but they con­firmed last night that noth­ing was de­posited into their bank ac­counts.

“We trained in the morn­ing and evening on the ba­sis of the chair­man’s prom­ise that the money will be in our ac­counts to­day (yes­ter­day), but there is noth­ing. If the same hap­pens to­mor­row (to­day), we are not trav­el­ling,” said one of the play­ers.

He said they usu­ally left Hwange town on Fri­day af­ter­noon for Sun­day games in Harare, but the time of depar­ture would be de­ter­mined by par­tial pay­ment of what they are owed.

The play­ers re­volted on Tues­day and re­fused to train over un­paid bonuses and sign­ing on fees, which stretch back to 2015. The play­ers are owed $2 050 in win­ning bonuses over a two year pe­riod and about $8 000 in sign­ing on fees for the same pe­riod.

Zulu, in the com­pany of Es­tate man­ager Malvin Maseko, ad­dressed the play­ers on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and promised to “de­posit some­thing” into your ac­counts by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Zulu was, how­ever, non-com­mit­tal about the de­vel­op­ments yes­ter­day and only con­firmed that he had met with the play­ers.

“I ad­dressed the play­ers yes, that’s all I can say,” said Zulu. Hwange play­ers have been re­ceiv­ing what is pop­u­larly known as “ama­keep go­ing”, which is $10 al­lowance for home games and $20 on the road.

The strike re­ceived a thumbs up from the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers (Fif­pro), a body that rep­re­sents the in­ter­ests of over 65 000 pro­fes­sional foot­ball play­ers world­wide, who called upon the Pre­mier Soc­cer League and Zifa to take ac­tion.

Ques­tions have been raised about how money from the team’s home gate tak­ings is used as Hwange al­ways records good at­ten­dances.

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