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Zimbabwe deny boycott threat for Cup of Nations opener

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Soccer Football – Zimbabwe Training – El Sakka El Hadeed Stadium, Egypt – June 19, 2019 – One of Zimbabwe’s players holds a football during the team’s training in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations opening soccer match against Egypt in Cairo. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Zimbabwe’s Football Association (ZIFA) has denied local reports the team is considering boycotting Friday’s opening match against Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt in Cairo over a pay dispute.

“ZIFA would like to reiterate that the Warriors have remained focused ahead of opening Group A match against Egypt,” the governing body said in a statement published late on Thursday.

“ZIFA and Warriors have signed a contract and both parties will honour and respect all contractual obligations,” it added.

According to Zimbabwean media, the national team was threatening to boycott Egypt encounter over a dispute with ZIFA officials about daily allowances and bonuses.

“Warriors have not ventured in any industrial action or strike as reported in some social media circles,” ZIFA said.

Zimbabwe is appearing at the tournament for the fourth time and has never advanced beyond the first round.


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