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Young Warriors boycott training over food ahead of South Africa tie

29/07/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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THE Young Warriors boycotted training Wednesday after Zifa failed to provide lunch for them in the afternoon.

The players who are staying at a lodge in Harare trained in the morning at Greendale Sports Club but refused to train in the afternoon as they complained of hunger.

The team is training without head coach Kalisto Pasuwa who is also embroiled in negotiations with Zifa over outstanding salaries and allowances.

An official in the team who asked not to be named confirmed the players boycotted training.

“The players refused to go for training in the afternoon complaining of hunger,” said the official.

“They didn't eat anything in the afternoon so they said they could not train when they are hungry.

“It's very sad really. Imagine the players are representing the country and they are treated like this."

Zifa is also struggling to raise money for air tickets for the team to travel to South Africa. The team is scheduled to leave on Friday.

Meanwhile, striker Thomas Chideu who has signed for Cape Town Ajax of South Africa joined others at training.

Chideu submitted his passport to apply for a South African work permit on Tuesday. He has been given an assurance by the South African embassy that he would get his passport before the team departs to South Africa.

Zimbabwe were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg and need to ensure a win to qualify or at least a 2-2 draw to qualify.

The winner between the two sides joins hosts Senegal and six other African countries at the African Under-23 Championships in Dakar in December which will serve as the qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics.

The top three nations at the tournament will automatically qualify for the Olympic Games to be held in Brazil next year.


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