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Zimbabwe FA deny boycott threat for Afcon opener against Egypt

Zimbabwe’s Football Association (ZIFA) has denied local reports in Egypt that the team is considering boycotting Friday’s opening match against Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt in Cairo over a pay dispute.

Zimbabwe's players train at El Sakka El Hadeed Stadium ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations opening match against Egypt in Cairo. Image: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Soccer Football – Zimbabwe Training – El Sakka El Hadeed Stadium, Egypt – June 19, 2019 – Zimbabwe’s players exercise in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations opening soccer match against Egypt in Cairo. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

“ZIFA would like to reiterate that the Warriors have remained focused ahead of opening Group A match against Egypt‚” the governing body said in a statement.

“ZIFA and Warriors have signed a contract and both parties will honour and respect all contractual obligations‚” it added.

According to Zimbabwean media‚ the national team was threatening to boycott the Egypt encounter over a dispute with ZIFA officials about daily allowances and bonuses.

“Warriors have not ventured in any industrial action or strike as reported in some social media circles‚” ZIFA said.

Zimbabwe are appearing at the tournament for the fourth time and have never advanced beyond the first round. AFP