Zifa have caught themselves on the wrong side again following latest reports suggesting that the Warriors paid for their tickets to return home.

The national team had their Afcon campaign marred by money issues and threatened twice not to fulfil their games until they get their dues.

According to KickOff.com, ZIFA told the players the association’s coffers were dry and they had to buy their own plane tickets to return to their different destinations.

“Well the players are back now, they booked flights themselves to Jozi (S.A) and some to Zim,” an unnamed source told the football website.

“They [ZIFA] say they don’t have money, they are waiting for the money from CAF,”

“Other players had to book for those who didn’t have money so they could just go.

“But the players they won’t tell you because they are afraid of ZIFA, to be banned and stuff, you know our country. You know the story.”

Zimbabwe failed to progress to knockout stage of the tournament for the second successive time.