The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) was thrown into fresh turmoil yesterday when their national team refused to travel to Malawi unless their dues were paid.
According to media reports in that country, just when it appeared that calm had been restored in the Warriors camp, players took the Zifa officials by storm demanding outright payment of their allowances.
Zifa spokesperson Xoli Gwesela confirmed the development yesterday, but was quick to say that the issue would be sorted out before their departure to Malawi for the game.
He said the Warriors are since expected to arrive today.
Meanwhile, the team will be without key forward Nyasha Mushekwi when they face the Flames in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier tomorrow at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Another top striker Mathew Rusike was, as of yesterday, doubtful as he had not yet reported for camp.
The Swiss-based Mushekwi, who is currently making headlines with his goal scoring prowess at Djugardens IF, has been ruled out due to calf injury
Rusike, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa, did not turn up for camp.
According to yesterday’s edition of The Herald newspaper, Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa has nevertheless saluted his charges for heeding the call for national duty at short notice.
“I have all the players now except for Mathew Rusike and I really don’t know what the problem is with him. The team manager Sharrif Mussa is working on establishing the reasons behind his absence,” Pasuwa was quoted as saying.
However, Flames coach Young Chimodzi said the focus is mainly on their game plan other than reading too much into the strength of their opponents.