No pay, no play. . . Hwange
players down their boots

Hwange Football Club players yesterday removed
their soccer boots and refused to train over
unpaid winning bonuses and signing on fees
stretching for more than a year.
Hwange Football Club players stage a sit in as
they demand their dues
The players are owed about $800 each in winning
bonuses for last year and $1 250 for this year
over and above unpaid signing on fees.
The players threatened not to fulfil their league
match against Dynamos in Harare on Sunday if
their demands are not met.
Hwange club administrator Khumbulani Mbano
yesterday threatened to disband the club if the
players continued with their action, as Hwange
Colliery Company was not benefitting from
sports sponsorship.
“We have been patient for a long time, playing
for the love of the team, but enough is enough.
We are not worried about salaries because we
know that the company has not been paying
employees, but what we want is our money from
football,” said a disgruntled senior player.
He said as long as their money is not deposited
in their bank accounts, they will continue with
their boycott and will not fulfil the Dynamos
match.
“How do they think we are surviving? We want
what is due to us,” said another player.
After their meeting with Mbano yesterday, the
players agreed to meet the company’s estate
manager Malvin Maseko this morning “but if
there is no money the meeting will just be
useless,” according to the players.
Last month, the Football Union of Zimbabwe
(Fuz) raised its concerns over the non-payment
of contractual dues by the company, arguing
that such a scenario was a big driver in match-
fixing.
Fuz president Desmond Maringwa, who visited
Hwange, made it clear that the players were
disgruntled, but had no option.
Hwange club chairman Joe Zulu was quoted
saying they expected to pay at least 23 percent
of what they owed their players by this month.
“We are doing the best we can as the mine is not
performing well. We haven’t paid salaries for a
long time. We are doing the best we can and we
will pay. We have talked to the guys and, in
fact, something is happening in October and by
then we expect to pay 23 percent of what we
owe them,” said Zulu last month.
Hwange lie 13th on the league table with 31
points.