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Menial jobs for soccer players

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Council has resolved to assign players and technical staff from its Division 2 football team to do menial jobs until their employment contracts expire on December 31.

But players from Karoi United Football Club campaigning in the Zifa Mashonaland West Division 2 are resisting the controversial re-assignment saying it was a violation of their employment contracts.

The recommendation by the staffing and general purposes committee was revealed at a full council meeting last week, which was chaired by acting chairperson councillor Modester Majinjiwa.

The move has seen veteran head coach Luckson Phiri and his assistant Purpose Sibanda as well as players sweeping beerhalls, cleaning public toilets, slashing grass and being sent on various errands to justify their $60 monthly allowances.

Some players have already raised concern over the council’s resolution.

“Our contracts stipulate that we play soccer and get allowances on that basis and not perform menial duties,” said a player, who preferred to remain anonymous, fearing victimisation.

“If council does not want to pay they should just say so.”

The cash-strapped council has over the years failed to wean the team off despite threats of job action due to contractual disputes and severe resource constraints.

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