The Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) has said the continued ban of local football has put the present and future well-being of players in limbo.
The government banned all football activities in March last year in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
While some leagues across Africa, notably South Africa and Tanzania have resumed, the Zimbabwe Football Association and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) failed to put in place a bio-secure bubble for the game to return.
FUZ secretary-general, Thomas Sweswe, told the Daily News on Friday that this has left footballers in limbo. Sweswe said:
At the moment, most players and coaches are in limbo as they do not know what the future holds for them.
For some, their contracts have expired and they don’t know where they stand as they have families to take care of and rentals to pay.
It’s difficult for players at the moment because clubs are also not sure when and if the game will eventually resume.
Sweswe, a former Dynamos and Kaizer Chiefs Defender, said due to more than 10 months of inaction, players have resorted to unorthodox means for survival, such as “money games”. He said:
At the end of the day, some players are risking their careers and lives by playing in money games so that they can get something to survive.
It’s a very tight situation, players are not sure of their futures and they are putting a lot at risk by engaging in such unsanctioned games.
Our hope is that a solution is found soon and at the end of the day, football must return so that players can be able to take care of their families.
Reigning PSL champions, FC Platinum (FCP) are the only club allowed to train as they represented Zimbabwe in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League tournament.
Following their defeat at the hands of Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club, FCP will now take part in the CAF Confederations Cup.