Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
GOVERNMENT has taken over the burden to pay the Mighty Warriors after ZIFA failed to fulfil their obligation, Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry has confirmed.
Minister Coventry said this at a press conference yesterday.
Previously, Hon Coventry had taken to her twitter account to accusing ZIFA of neglecting the girls following Mighty Warriors’ boycott of their 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifier against Zambia.
“I met with ZIFA last week and they needed to come and explain why the girls didn’t come in.
“To be very honest I don’t think the communication I was given was very good but we have taken it upon ourselves as government along with the Minister Kazembe Kazembe as he was the chairman of the fundraising committee for AFCON and we are going ahead to pay the girls from outside.
“We have asked how they used the money that was fundraised for AFCON and ZIFA need to come back and explain where all of it has gone so we wait to see what they give to us.
“On the side of the ladies we felt that, from His Excellency to the chairperson of the fundraising committee, it was necessary to now step in and make sure that our women are paid.
“It should be on the process now we signed the letters last week,” she said.
Having lost 5-0 in the first leg of their second round qualifier in Lusaka, the Mighty Warriors were supposed to play She-polopolo in the second leg at the National Sports Stadium.
Local clubs including Black Rhinos, Correctional Services, Blue Swallows and Herentals withdrew their players on the 11th hour due to non-payment of players’ allowances by ever-bungling ZIFA.