Willard Katsande of Zimbabwe ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Jan 10, 2017. 16:30
Zimbabwe midfielder and skipper Willard Katsande says they are not greedy and they have negotiated for a reasonable fee ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The midfielder insisted that their mission is to write their name on the continental tournament crown despite labour matters with the Zimbabwean Football Association.
The Zimbabwean national side was in a standoff last week with ZIFA regarding daily allowances, match bonuses and appearance fees for the 2017 Afcon.
However, the Kaizer Chiefs anchorman says they are not greedy and are not distracted by the issues off the field of play.
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"It is sad that some people are looking at us as mercenaries, but speaking on behalf of the players, we beg to differ,” said Katsande to the Herald.
“We are not a problem, even our administration understands that we cannot work for free. While we were negotiating with our officials, we never stopped training and that shows we never lost focus of the job at hand.
“We have always been a united team and we remain united. After all we have done for the country, we don't think it's fair to look at us being greedy.
“We have played a number of games without getting paid and we understood what our association was going through.
"Just by travelling to Malawi (Qualifiers) by road and going to play is just an example of our commitment
“This is AFCON and it is a big tournament, that we are aiming for as Zimbabwe and we want to try as much as we can to bring the trophy home.
“Because we believe nothing is impossible and that is the mentality in the camp.”
Kalisto Pasuwa's men open their Group B account against Algeria on Sunday, January 15.