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THE Warriors are now set to start receiving their bonuses for finishing fourth at the CHAN finals in South Africa in February but early indications point to a fallout between the players and Zifa. The Warriors have been waiting for their bonuses since the end of the tourney in February and have been angling for half of the US$250 000 that Zimbabwe won for finishing fourth.

Ian Gorowa and his men claimed they were promised half the prize money which they say would be shared by the team of 23 players and their technical crew.

But Zifa are reluctant to give half of the earnings to the players with chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze saying they have other debts to settle.

However, following a Zifa board meeting held on Saturday, it was agreed to avail US$34 000 for the players and technical officials who were at CHAN.

So while the players were expecting a windfall of US$125 000, the team will get only a fraction of that amount.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela yesterday confirmed that something was being prepared for the team.

“I can confirm that something has been worked out towards the issue of the CHAN bonuses. But the best person to comment is welfare manager Shariff Mussa,” said Gwesela.

Mussa could not be reached for comment last night but sources last night revealed that each player will get US$1 000 for taking part.

Mashingaidze was not picking up his phone, as usual, last night.

Former Zifa board member Nigel Munyati, who was head of the Warriors delegation, is understood to have made an agreement with the Warriors that they will share 50-50 the proceeds from the CHAN finals.

The Warriors went on strike during the CHAN tournament because of disagreements over their bonuses.

There are still some challenges over the distribution of the bonuses as Zifa wanted to pay only the players who were in South Africa, while the technical team want even players who participated in the qualifying matches to be rewarded.

The Warriors are one of the nine countries that have entered to play at the regional Cosafa Castle Cup in Botswana later in the year.

The regional soccer competition is set for September 13 to 28 with the other confirmed entries being hosts Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Seychelles, Malawi, Mozambique and holders Zambia.

Angola are yet to enter and Swaziland are expected to confirm soon while Cosafa will invite a guest team.

Source : The Herald