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Report: Zim Threaten To Boycott AFCON Opener In Payment Row

The Zimbabwe national team reportedly threatened to boycott Friday's Africa Cup of Nations opener against Egypt over a pay dispute - with the claims since being denied by Zifa.

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Zimbabwean journalist Howard Musonza reported on Thursday evening, that the players are believed to be in talks with Zifa (Zimbabwe Football Association) after alleging they have been dishonest over the amount the players would be receiving for their allowances and appearance fees.
 
Furthermore, the Warriors' players have allegedly accused Zifa of lying to the government about the payments.
 
Later on Thursday, Zifa released an official statement on their website, dismissing the rumours reported in local medical.
 
1. The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to reiterate that the Warriors have remained focused ahead of opening Group A match against Egypt on Friday (21 June 2019) .
 
2. Warriors have not ventured in any Industrial action or strike as reported in some social media circles.
 
3. ZIFA and Warriors have signed a contract and both parties will honour and respect all contractual obligations.
 
4. ZIFA values the welfare of players and shall never abdicate from its responsibilities.
 
5. The opening match of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations between Egypt and Zimbabwe will kick off at 10pm.at the giant Cairo International stadium. The match will be broadcasted by over 200 Television channels.
 
6. ZIFA urges all Warriors fans to rally behind the Warriors in this prestigious 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
 
 
The opening match of the tournament is still scheduled to get underway at 22h00 at the Cairo International Stadium.

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