MEMBERS of the Zimbabwe soccer team could each receive $5 million for qualifying for the African Nations Cup soccer finals in Tunisia next year, Independent
Sport has established.
Sources within the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) said in addition to the highly publicised $100 million from the corporate world and government, the Warriors have also been receiving generous donations from members of the public.
“The money for the Warriors must now be in the range of $200 million. I understand that each member of the team will receive $5 million,” said a Zifa source.
Edgar Rogers, the Zifa chief executive officer, this week confirmed that money has been pouring in for the Warriors but could not be drawn into confirming the amount each player would get.
“There are pledges that have come from other people in addition to the $100 million. We are only waiting for the President (Mugabe) to hand over the cheque to the Warriors. However, I cannot comment on the amount each player will receive.”
The Warriors emerged runners up in Group Six of the qualify-ing round but booked a place at the continental showcase next year on the strength of being the best placed runners-up. They pipped Sierra Leone to the finals with a 2-0 win over Eritrea while the West Africans succumbed to Gabon by an identical scoreline.
The government had pledged $100 million for the Warriors if they won by five clear goals against Eritrea. Although the Warriors managed less that half that target, they were promised all the money on the grounds that they still qualified for the finals.
In the past Zifa has almost always failed to pay Warriors bonuses on time due to their sorry financial position. But lately things have begun to look up for the association.