The morale in the Warriors camp received a timely boost after the acting minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation, Kazembe Kazembe on Monday confirmed that the fund raising committee has wired US$10,800 directly into each of the players’ bank accounts .
This development comes after the players threatened to boycott their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against hosts Egypt last Friday.
The Warriors went as far as missing their last training session because of the payment delays.
Former Caps United and Warriors left back Cephas Chimedza tweeted that it if there is no monetary problems it will not be AFCON for Zimbabweans.
“It will not be AFCON without monetary problems,” tweeted the legend.
In a statement, the minister expressed his joy over fulfilling his promise.
“I had told the Warriors that I would return but I had other engagements and I am still glad that I have been able to come to them that as a fund-rising committee we have now made our first payment to them”
This development has given the hope and confidence to the Warriors who said the ball is now in their court to deliver and upset the Uganda Cranes on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors seek to earn their first set of points against Uganda as they aspire to progress to the next round for the first time.
It is however not a stroll in the park especially after sentiments registered by the Cranes captain Denis Onyango who plays football in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns.
“It is good to play against Zimbabwe I know a lot of players there, they are some weakness points in Zimbabwe players which I will instruct my teammates about, I would explain to them how to stop Khama Billiat,” said Onyango