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Published: June 12, 2010
Harare (ZimEye) – The Zimbabwe senior national soccer team – Warriors players were each paid a paltry US$200 instead of US$1 000 they demanded after playing World soccer greats Brazil, in a high profile friendly in Harare, it has emerged.
The Warriors faced the Samba Boys who beat them 3-0 at the National Sports Stadium where over 50 000 fans thronged the giant stadium and ZIFA made a staggering US$600 000 from gate takings.
According to Warriors vice captain Zvenyika Makonese, the players were crying fowl after receiving US$200 as appearance fees.
Makonese revealed that a bid to negotiate with ZIFA officials for a review of the fee failed as they purported to be busy.
The Warriors were also left without transport from the National Sports Stadium after the Brazil match and had to commute to their hotel.
One of the players who requested not to be named said: “The money is too little for a high profile match in which Brazil was paid more than US$1million and ZIFA made money in gate takings.”
ZIFA has referred the issue to Zimbabwe Tourism Authority which has also thrown back the matter to the soccer body.
Benjani on the move against Brazil 2nd June 2010