China-based striker, Nyasha Mushekwi, has pledged to personally pay the Warriors’ outstanding money to prevent a potentially catastrophic withdrawal from the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament that is ongoing in Egypt.
The former Caps United forward, who has since been ruled out of the tournament, reportedly urged the players to play the remaining match or matches reminding them that withdrawing from the tournament would have an adverse impact on both the players and the country. One of the players who spoke to the Chronicle said:
Mushekwi said he was prepared to use his own funds and asked that we rethink about our threat not to fulfill the DRC game on Sunday.
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Zimbabwe head of delegation Farai Jere confirmed that there were issues over allowances for the players but refuted allegations that there was a suggestion to withdraw from the tournament. Jere said:
I want to assure the nation that we are going to play our final group game on Sunday and are looking forward to a positive result. These boys are aware of the impact that qualification will have on their footballing careers but we are also cognisant that we don’t have to turn a blind eye to their concerns, the association will always have an ear on issues to do with the welfare of the team, we are a listening association.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe need an outright win over DRC and Egypt has to beat Uganda for the Warriors to proceed to the knockout stages.
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