"Zambia players threaten boycott
Posted: 2008-01-25 15:36
Zambian national team players at the African Nations Cup in Ghana have threatened to boycott their next two group fixtures after rejecting a R14 000 bonus they were paid after beating Sudan 3-0 in their opening match.
The Chipolopolo Boys are demanding to be paid R20 000 as a winning bonus, saying that was what was indicated in the budget that the Football Association of Zambia had presented to the government before the Ghana outing.
The development has led to players threatening to boycott tomorrow’s crunch match against Cameroon if their demand was not adequately addressed, saying they had been short-changed.
Sources in Kumasi, Ghana where the Zambian national team is based, revealed that the Chipolopolo Boys were forced to cancel Thursday morning’s training session to attend to the crisis.
When contacted, team coach Patrick Phiri could neither deny nor confirm the confusion that has rocked his team.
"My area is technical. There are people who comment on these other things. You know them," he said.
When contacted, FAZ president Teddy Mulonga said he was in a meeting.
“I'm in a meeting right now. Is it urgent?” he said.
When told the matter was relating to the happenings in the Zambian camp on the wining bonuses, Mulonga said:
“Let me call you back because I'm in a meeting and I'm hearing that for the first time.” There has been no word from him since."
source: Kickoff South Africa
Surely this is only threat and we'll see Zambia playing but sure this is a distraction for them, they missed one trainingand fight over money instead of preparing to the game.
We should see different Cameroon too, another lazy performance is unnaceptable and they should start focused from the beggining. Song: “In reality, our CAN 2008 begins on Saturday against Zambia. We are better when we are in difficulties and I have no doubt that we will make the second round.”
Geremi: “We’ve worked hard at training to correct things that went wrong against Egypt, although, obviously, I prefer not to reveal any details.”
Changes in midfield expected.
Vaikka todennäköisesti peliin tulevatkin, niin ei tuollaiset voi olla näkymättä peliesityksessä.
Ja tuskimpa Kamerun pelaa toista yhtä heikkoa peliä peräkkäin, mitä esitys Egyptiä vastaan oli.
Kamerunin kertoimet ovat myös alkaneet tippumaan kautta linjan.