No Reward For Young Warriors
Team manager Wellington Mpandare revealed that the national association has instead decided to dish out a lumpsum package for the Young Warriors only if they beat South Africa and qualify for the All Africa Games to be held in Mozambique in September.
The two teams meet in a two legged tie with the final match set for July 7, the day in which the Young Warriors will know their fate.
Mpandare said it was saddening that Zifa have decided to take this route for the other probability would be that the Young Warriors will receive nothing for beating Zambia and Botswana on their way to the penultimate stage should they be defeated by the Amaglu-glug
According to Mpandare Zifa had initially agreed to pay the Young Warriors winning bonuses and even paid half of that for winning against Zambia but changed goalposts soon after the team had beaten Botswana 6-3 on agreegate to reach the final qualifying round of the All Africa Games.
Observers, however, have questioned Zifa’s decision saying it was illogical to do so when the Young Warriors were facing the game of their life and needed some form of financial motivation to help them in their cause.
Sources at Zifa revealed that prior to the latest decision, Zifa owed each player $300 which was supposed to have been paid soon after the 4-1 win over the Young Zebras of Botswana.
The Young Warriors are scheduled to go into camp on June 7 to start preparations for the South African debacle the first leg of which is on June 25.