Bulawayo-based football giants Highlanders’ pre-season is in disarray after players vowed not to return to training until they receive their salaries from January 2019.
A Zimbabwe National Army Charity Cup scheduled for Sunday between Highlanders and Chicken Inn now hangs in the balance.
Some players who spoke to the Daily News of their plight had this to say:
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Imagine the chairperson (Kenneth Mhlophe) addressed us on Tuesday and told us that we will get our dues before the end of the day that same day. He even begged us to train as we were going to get our monies that very same day.
Up to now (yesterday) nothing has come. Some of the players are already being evicted from where they rent. It is unfortunate the executive has failed to keep their word so many times, they keep shifting goal posts. Imagine the club chairperson lying to the players, who are we going to trust now?
… The players are willing to train and love the team so much.
Instead of the executive dealing with the problem at hand, they prefer to play hide and seek after making false promises.
Instead of addressing the problems, some players are victimised instead in what I think is witch-hunting. The issue is getting out of hand because it looks like no one really cares about our welfare and our families who depend on us.
… All they want is for us to train, how are we expected to focus when we are being evicted from where we stay and have since become a laughing stock in the community?
Worse when it’s news all over that a Bosso player is failing to feed his family, pay rent and children have not paid school fees three months into the year.
It doesn’t give a good picture of the team as a whole and even the sponsor that we desperately need. Remember, we are brand ambassadors for Highlanders and the sponsors.
Meanwhile, club chief executive Nhlanhla Dube has denied reports that the players are on strike. He said that the real issue is that they were given time off after a vigorous training session.