Highlanders football club players who had removed their football boots on Monday over unpaid January allowances have resumed duty after negotiations with management.
In a statement sent to the media Thursday, the club stated that most of the players have returned for the 2019 season pre-season camp.
McClive Phiri, Tendai Ndlovu, Mbongeni Ndlovu,Charlton Siamalonga, Peter Muduwa, goalkeeper Nedrick Madeya, Bukhosi were among the players who walked out of camp on Tuesday
They were joined by midfielders; Denzel Khumalo, Ray Lunga, Brian Banda, Godfrey Makaruse, Tinashe Makanda and Munyaradzi Chitambwe, who played less than 70 minutes in just one game in the 2018 season.
However in the statement it is highlighted that players and the management had
resolved the matter and players were expected back in camp Thursday.
“The Club’s leadership and the affected players have agreed to settle the various outstanding matters”
“The two parties resolved the issue amicably and the players will join pre-season camp this evening (Thursday) to continue with their preparations for the new football season.” read part of the statement.
Highlanders got $40 000 from the Premier Soccer League and $15 000 from Chibuku Super Cup .
This prompted the players to make more demands including 50 percent from the Kembo Mohadi Cup Prize money though the club has not yet received the money from the organisers of the tournament which they won after edging Caps United 2-1.
Reports indicated that players refused to be given $100 as cushioning allowance while in camp but could not agree as players demanded $200
Bosso who finished at number five last season with the ECD Project which suffered a lot of injuries due to fatigue.
However Bosso suffered a huge blow when their captain decided to join Caps United after they failed to agree on a new deal.
The season which is expected to kick off in March has seen a lot of teams beefing up their squads, Teams like Ngezi Platinum have acquired the services of former Highlanders Gaffer Elroy Akbay in a bid to challenge the title which of their hands under the eye of Tonderai Ndiraya who was later fired.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum are being tipped to retain the league though they have shown a poor performance in Confederation African Football Mini League where have only collected a mere point in three matches played so far .
Caps United are also a serious contender as they squad look strong on paper with the return of Abbas Amidu and the the arrival of Gabriel Nyoni might yield some results for the Lloyd Chitembwe coached side.