The Zimbabwe Football Association have issued a statement claiming The Warriors never embarked on industrial action. The statement further says that the national football team was always focused on the opening match against Egypt.
This is despite ample evidence from players themselves including the captain of the team who clearly stated the team was distracted because they had not received their dues.
Here is ZIFA’s statement:
20 June 2019.
WARRIORS REMAIN FOCUSED AHEAD OF AFCON OPENING MATCH
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 at10pm. 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 .
FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE ZIMBABWE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:-
XOLISANI GWESELA , ZIFA COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPETITIONS MANAGERZIFA website
In another blow ZBC have revealed that they do not have money to pay for the broadcasting rights. People without satellite might have to make do with delayed matches.