Zimbabwe AFCON trip to Malawi in doubt
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE’S 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign is hanging in the balance amid a recurrence of funding challenges.
The Warriors were scheduled to play Malawi this coming weekend but there are fears the side would not travel after coach Callisto Pasuwa abandoned reparations citing unpaid salaries.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) had reportedly not paid him for the previous month.
Of late, Pasuwa is reported to have been using personal resources to finance the national team but resources have dried up.
Pasuwa, who is coach of both the senior soccer national team and the under 23-squad, has thus not named a team to travel to Malawi demanding payment.
Zimbabwe is set to play Malawi in Group L on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Cash-strapped ZIFA have a history of failing to pay coaches.
FIFA recently slapped them with a ban from its tournaments for failing to pay Brazilian mentor, Jorge Valinhos.
– CAJ News
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