The Zimbabwe national team has gone on strike over allowances and appearance fees for AFCON 2017.
The Warriors attended yesterday’s training session at the National Sports Stadium but snubbed a send off dinner as they insisted that their demands be met before leaving for Gabon.
Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa was a guest for the ceremony which was attended by other high profile dignitaries.
The squad had been expected to depart at midnight for a friendly against Cameroon ahead of the tournament which kicks off next week. However the match is looking unlikely with the deadlock with Zifa over money.
The players are understood to be demanding $5000 for each match in appearance fees and an allowance of $200 per day. However ZIFA according to sources within the Warriors camp are offering ten times less than that and had been willing to only part with $500 per player for the appearance fee.
In addition money from the qualifiers is yet to be paid to the Warriors.
The squad has also questioned where the money available is especially after ZIFA got a $250 000 sponsorship from Netone while CAF also availed $237,500 to each nation for preps.
The government through the Sports and Recreation ministry had also indicated this week that a $1 million package would be mobilised for the Warriors ahead to ensure no more glitches occurred.
However the money does not seem to be available at all with and distanced itself from the amount.
As of last night ZIFA was still running around to try and break the impasse with Philip Chiyangwa holding crisis talks with among others Minister of Sports and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane.
ZIFA are of the belief that the Warriors demands are unrealistic
Meanwhile angry youth members expressed their anger for the Warriors snubbing the dinner and in their view embarrassed the president of the country by their actions and threatened to deal with them