The Highlanders Football Club executive and players were meeting on Tuesday night in an attempt to end the strike by players who have vowed not to attend training until they are given their outstanding monies.
While Highlanders secretary Andrew Tapela played down the importance of the meeting, which he said was merely a regular one, the issue is likely to explode when the club holds its annual general meeting at the end of January.
The crisis meeting had been scheduled at club offices yesterday morning but was postponed to Tuesday night as chairman Themba Ndlela reportedly had another meeting in Gweru.
On Tuesday, the disgruntled players told NewsDay that they would not attending training until they were paid all their outstanding salaries, allowances and winning bonuses.
“We are not attending training. Of course the morning meeting has been postponed to 5:30pm because the chairman was said to be attending another meeting in Gweru but still we are not going to train,” said one player. However, two players said they were not certain if they were supposed to attend the meeting or not.
“They have postponed that meeting to 5:30pm but we don’t know what is going to come out of the meeting and as for myself, I don’t know if we are supposed to go for training today (Tuesday),” another player said.
The players said they arrived for the crisis meeting on Tuesday morning but were told by manager Douglas Mloyi that it had been delayed.
Meanwhile, NewsDay photographer Chrispen Tabvura was on Tuesday morning manhandled by Tapela as he attempted to take photos of Highlanders players arriving to attend the crisis meeting.
Tabvura said Tapela accused NewsDay of writing negative stories about Highlanders and a representative of the publication was not welcome at the Bosso offices.
“He shoved and pushed me out of the gate, saying NewsDay was not welcome at the Highlanders offices as we were writing negative stories about the team.
“He said we wrote that their players were not going to play against Kiglon on Sunday but they played,” Tabvura said.
Asked to comment, Tapela said: “The executive committee is looking into the issue at the club at the moment. As for the photographer, we do not know where he was coming from.
“We do not seek any favours from any newspaper and anyone behaving in that manner would get the same kind of treatment. The meeting is on, it has always been diarised. It’s the kind of meetings that we hold now and again.”
It is not the first time this season that Highlanders players have gone on strike demanding their salaries. Bosso have experienced financial problems which has seen them fail to pay former coach Egyptian Mohamed Fathi.
Last week, they were ordered by the Labour Court to pay Fathi his sala