How Mine se­nior play­ers back in camp

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

HOW Mine play­ers who boy­cotted their mid­week match against Dy­namos re­turned to train­ing yes­ter­day ahead of their Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League clash against Bantu Rovers at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium to­day.

The play­ers at­tended yes­ter­day’s train­ing ses­sion at the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Academy and then at­tended a meet­ing with the some mem­bers of the club ex­ec­u­tive and the re­cently ap­pointed Bu­l­awayo Min­ing Com­pany man­ag­ing di­rec­tor De­mand Gwatinetsa.

Only mid­fielder Mar­velous Mukumba and Praise Tonha have been ruled out of to­day’s en­counter by rea­sons which have noth­ing to do with the strike. Mukumba was given com­pas­sion­ate leave to at­tend a me­mo­rial ser­vice while Tonha is not well. How Mine chair­man Paul McAn­drew was op­ti­mistic af­ter yes­ter­day’s meet­ing which he de­scribed as be­ing fruit­ful with all the mat­ters hav­ing been sorted out.

“We had a good meet­ing, ironed out what­ever is­sues we had, we are look­ing into the fu­ture with a much stronger unit, the team is back to full strength. They were at train­ing, we have thrashed out all is­sues and we are ready to go. We are back to nor­mal. The meet­ing was an op­por­tu­nity for us to sit down,’’ said McAn­drew.

How Mine play­ers boy­cotted their match against Dy­namos last Thurs­day which the Glam­our Boys won 6-0 last Thurs­day. It has turned out that the play­ers are owed one month salary and win­ning bonuses for the nine vic­to­ries they have notched up so far this sea­son. The club pays each player $300 for a win and $150 for an away draw. This means the gold min­ers owe an av­er­age of $3 000 to ev­ery player who has made it to the fi­nal squad of 18 in those nine wins and the draws se­cured away from home.

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