DYNAMOS players this week threatened industrial action unless they were paid their outstanding bonuses and allowances, prompting the executive to seek “donations” to placate th
e restive team.
According to insiders at the club, the players had sought to petition the executive over their concerns amid growing suspicion that captain Leo Kurauzvione “no longer has the players’ grievances at heart”.
It could not be established whether the players had handed their petition to the club executive or not.
However, Dynamos chairman denied there were any problems at Dynamos beside the financial crisis the club is facing.
“We have no problems at Dynamos. Our players are in fact focused on our weekend fixture,” Sifelani told IndependentSport yesterday.
Sifelani said privilege cardholders — including sponsors, league and club officials as well as journalists — would have to pay to watch Dynamos play Buymore at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
“We recognise privilege cards, but it’s our prerogative to decide what’s best for us. All we are asking is that all those with these VIP cards pay a donation of $30 000 before taking their seats,” Sifelani said.
“We as club officials are going to queue up first to pay to watch the game,” he added.
Sifelani said those who did not have privilege cards were expected to pay $100 000 to enter the VIP enclosure, with the rest of the ground going for $30 000.
“We bank on the majority of the poor which is why the rest of the ground is reasonably priced. It’s the poor who sustain Dynamos and it’s them who will help the club out of its financial mess,” Sifelani said.
While Dynamos will be expecting “donations” from privilege cardholders on Sunday but there is little to suggest Buymore will be as generous on the pitch when league action resumes this weekend.
The ailing Harare giants play their first home game in five matches at the National Sports Stadium hoping for a change of fortune after an indifferent start to the season that has seen off-field squabbles hogging the limelight at the club.
Meanwhile, defending champions will be without exciting Joseph Kamwendo when they visit Eiffel Wildcats at Rimuka tomorrow.
Caps finally agreed to release the midfield star for national duty with Malawi, who take part in the Cosafa Castle Cup four-team tournament in Lusaka this weekend.
However, Monomotapa have not released another Malawian international, utility player Peter Mponda, for the regional tournament. Mponda might feature for his paymasters against Chapungu at Ascot on Sunday.