Money and accommodation issues have threatened to affect the Warriors preparations ahead of AFCON 2017.
The Warriors are currently booked at Rainbow Towers and have rejected being moved to the ZIFA Village which they strongly feel is still not up to standard despite the association’s assurances.
The ZIFA Village recently underwent a face lift but players have rejected the accommodation insisting they want to stay put at the Rainbow Tours were they are currently staying.
The Warriors have already resisted an initial attempt to accommodate them there when camp started. ZIFA were quick to play down the situation and insisted a win-win situation was being looked for.
We would like to assure the football loving nation and fans that there is no standoff between ZIFA and the players stated the association.
Preparations are going on smoothly and training sessions will continue until we depart for Gabon. The team is at Rainbow Towers at the moment, but we would like to have them at ZIFA Village, we will continue to engage the players and the technical team until a win-win situation is reached.
In addition players have reportedly demanded $5000 each for their Group B games against Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia as well as daily allowance of $300 per day during the course of the tournament.
However ZIFA are understood to be reluctant to agree to the figures, believing they are too high and were still in negotiations with the squad as of yesterday.
The Warriors are already guaranteed to get $475 000 from CAF with half of that already disbursed to each qualifying country for preparations.
The national team also recently secured a corporate sponsorship of $250 000 from Netone with ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa stating that players now needed to deliver as the money was now there and should not be an issue.
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