African Champions League mini-league contenders Dynamos Tuesday threatened to pull out of continental football competition if they do not get money for airfares to their remaining away fixtures in Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Harare giants are still to play defending champions TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi and Entente Setif in Setif, Algeria. Elvis Chiweshe’s men are supposed to travel to Setif this month-end followed by another trip to Lubumbashi during the weekend of September 10-12.
DeMbare will wrap up their campaign with a home match against Tunisian giants Esperance on September 19.
The club said they risked failing to fulfil the remaining two away fixtures because they were in a “financial quagmire.”
Addressing a press conference yesterday, Dynamos secretary Oliver Manyau said: “If we don’t get money for airfares we will be left with no option but to pull out of the competition. We are aware that we will be fined by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) but we don’t have any option unless the corporate world chips in.
“We are appealing to stakeholders out there to help us. We are literally bankrupt. We are in serious danger of failing to fufil our next assignments in Algeria and the DRC. Those who wish to help the club can directly deposit the money in our CBZ account number: 121705000026, Kwame Nkrumah branch,” said Manyau.
The former PSL treasurer said the club needed about $67 000 for the trip to Algeria in a week’s time. Manyau also confirmed that they still owed the players bonuses and allowances for five matches.
Although the players are getting their usual monthly salaries, they are not getting their allowances and bonuses.
Dynamos chairman Farai Munetsi said that the club declared itself broke two months ago and it would appear the situation has not changed at all.
The consequences of the situation resulted in erratic performances on the field of play as Dynamos struggled in both the domestic and African competitions.
Chiweshe was nearly manhandled by the team’s supporters last week after a lifeless 0-0 draw with lowly-rated Kiglon.
DeMbare have three points from three games and are third in Group A, while the Algerian side Entente are at the bottom of the group with just one point.
TP Mazembe, who fought back from 0-1 down to beat visiting Esperance of Tunisia 2-1 at home in Lubumbashi last Sunday, lead the group with seven points followed by Esperance on six.
27-29/08/10: Entente Setif v Dynamos
27-29/08/10: Esperance v TP Mazembe
10-12/09/10: TP Mazembe v Dynamos
10-12/09/10: Esperance v Entente Setif
17-19/09/10: Entente Setif v TP Mazembe
17-19/09/10: Dynamos v Esperance