PROBLEMS in the Dynamos camp deepened yesterday after the Premiership football club’s board of directors intervened in the negotiations on payment of players without consulting the executive led by Keni Mubaiwa.
REPORT BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The executive engaged players on Tuesday as they sought to agree on how they would be paid following a fruitful season in which they won the league and cup double.
The executive had offered them 40% of the prize money for winning the league title and another 40% for winning the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
The reigning champions pocketed $100 000 for lifting the Mbada Diamonds Cup and another $70 000 from Delta Beverages – who sponsor the league through their Castle Lager brand.
However, the players reportedly felt the offer by the executive fell far short of their expectations and were set to resume talks with the executive yesterday.
But, sources said, the club’s executive members found themselves sidelined from the negotiations following the intervention of the founder members, who constitute the board of directors.
It is said the board of directors met representatives of the players yesterday to negotiate with the players.
Bernard Marriot, the secretary-general of the board of directors, however, denied there were problems in their camp.
“All these reports of problems in pay negotiations are not true. There is nothing like that. I have the team manager Richard Chihoro here with me. There is nothing like that,” he said.
Mubaiwa could not be reached for comment, but sources maintained there was tension in the club following the intervention of members of the board.
The $60 000 which had been offered by the executive was meant to be shared among the 30 players based on merit.
But it is said the players were not happy with the way the money was going to be shared and were united in rejecting the offer the executive had offered.
The latest problems could affect the team’s preparations for next year’s African Champions League.
The Harare giants have not stopped training since their last game against Monomotapa in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final which handed them the trophy to complete the league and cup double for the second year running.