Tension high at Zimbabwe Saints

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Tension is high at Castle Lager` Premiership returnees Zimbabwe Saints amid revelations that players have not received their signing-on fees and two months salaries since the league began.

Chikwata acquired Chitungwiza-based Eagles’ franchise just before the start of the season.
They play their sixth match of the season against Monomotapa at Luveve Stadium Sunday.

Most players who spoke to NewsDay Sport on condition of anonymity yesterday confirmed that they have not received a single cent and morale is low in camp.

“We have not received our salaries for two months since the season started. We only received winning bonuses for the game against Kiglon.

“Players come for training and threaten to boycott everyday but we end up training after talks with the coaches. It has been going on this week except for yesterday (Thursday) where we trained without any incident,” one player said.

He said the players held a meeting with head coach Willard “Mashinkila” Khumalo and assistant coach Agent Sawu on Tuesday on the money issue and promises were made that they (players) would get their dues.

The player said they were told that the club had no money and was looking for partners for sponsorship and whoever wanted to leave could leave.

Another player said all is not rosy at Chikwata and most of the players were fulfilling fixtures to keep in shape and move on when the transfer window period opens in June.

“I am just enjoying play at Zimbabwe Saints. There is no money there. We have not received our monies for two months.

“I am just keeping fit and when the transfer window opens mid-year I will move on,” the player said.

Zimbabwe Saints chairman Felix Dzumbunu admitted that there could be monies that are owed to players by the club but attributed that to everyday challenges that he said every club was facing.