Zim players going to Afcon to sign contracts with Zifa

Zifa is considering coming up with contracts for players that will travel to Egpyt for the 2019 Afcon tournament.

The move is part of the efforts to avoid distractions that rocked the team’s preparations for the 2017 Gabon Afcon finals. The players, at one point, refused to train and also snubbed a send-off dinner in protest over match fees, daily allowances and winning bonuses.

In an interview with NewsDay, Zifa president Felton Kamambo revealed that the players will be required to sign a contract with the association over bonuses and appearance fees for the next month’s finals in Egypt.

“The Zifa board has approved the rates and team manager (Wellington Mpandare) is engaging all players in terms of the contracts,” said Kamambo.

“Hopefully, by the time they come for camp and when we have a send-off ceremony on the 25th, all the contracts would have been done.

“If there is a particular player (in the final squad) that does not agree with the contents of the contract, that player is not going into the camp. We need to agree on this very important aspect before a player can go into camp.”

The Warriors have already started the preparations for the tournament with the bulk of players named in the provisional squad now in camp.

Zimbabwe will play the hosts, Egypt in the competition opener on June 21, before facing Uganda five days later. They will conclude their group campaign with a match against the DRC.