Willard Katsande of Zimbabwe
Monday Jan 09, 2017. 10:30
Information coming from Zimbabwe is that the Warriors have finally left for the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.
Following a two day standoff with the Zimbabwean Football Association over bonuses, the team finally left the country on Sunday for Cameroon after ZIFA partially met the players’ demands.
The News Day website reports that the players left Harare in three batches, with the first comprising of seven departing in the morning, followed by another group of 13 in the afternoon, while captain Willard Katsande, Costa Nhamoinesu and goalkeeper Bernard Donovan were on the evening flight.
Kalisto Pasuwa's men are set to play the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a friendly match on Tuesday before proceeding to Gabon.
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Speaking just before departure, Katsande said the players have already put the episode behind them, and they are now focusing on the AFCON games.
“In terms of our preparations, nothing has changed, we are all geared up and we are happy with the mood and the fitness levels. In terms of our relationship with ZIFA, nothing has changed,” said Katsande.
“We had some disagreements in our negotiations, but the good thing is we found each other in the end.
“As players, we keep reminding each other that this is our time and chance to shine. We have issues, but we have said, money is going to come, so let’s do our bit.”
Meanwhile, the players, who only agreed to go to Cameroon after being paid their daily allowances, reported to be $1 500 each, are demanding an appearance fee of $5 000 per player for each match at AFCON and $400 in foreign daily allowances.