WITH three weeks to go before the African Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament kicks off in Morocco, Chipolopolo players are still waiting for their allowances and bonuses for the qualifiers.
Zambia beat Swaziland 3-0 at home and 4-0 away, then beat South Africa 2-0 before drawing 2-2 away to qualify to the finals.
However, players currently in camp who participated in the qualifiers have complained that they had to date only paid for the draw against South Africa.
The players talked to complained that they felt betrayed that even after qualifying without losing a game, they are worried that they may not get their bonuses as the tournament draws near.
“We know we are working for the nation and the nation expects a lot from us. But surely, how can people expect you to be at your best without being paid anything from the qualifiers? We are asking ourselves what wrong we did by qualifying to the tournament,” said a player who sought anonymity.
“There have been promises after promises. Now all the players are in camp for the final tournament without being paid. This affects the unity of purpose and morale ahead of such a big tournament. People expect results from these players but how do you get results under these circumstances? Whoever is supposed to pay us should pay us before we fly out to Morocco. I think that will just be fair enough rather than go into the tournament with a backlog of unpaid dues from the qualifiers.”
Several inside sources shared similar sentiments over the matter.
Efforts to get comments from FAZ proved futile as both president Andrew Kamanga and general secretary Ponga Liwewe’s phones were off as they are believed to be in Egypt on CAF business. FAZ communications manager Desmond Katongo referred all questions to Liwewe.