THE Mighty Warriors’ preparations for this weekend’s decisive second leg of the African Women’s Championship (AWC) qualifiers in Zambia were plunged into turmoil yesterday after players abandoned camp in protest over poor living conditions in camp and outstanding allowances.
The Mighty Warriors who are set to take on Zambia in a make-or-break qualifier in Lusaka at the weekend went into camp before the first leg against their neighbours.
“The players are not happy at all with the living conditions. They are being served isitshwala/sadza and cabbage everyday,” one player who spoke on condition of anonymity said.
“Sometimes we are given cabbage without cooking oil. In addition to that we are still owed money from the opening qualifier against Botswana and the friendly against South Africa last month. We have also not been paid camping allowances.”
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela could not be reached for comment yesterday.
The Mighty Warriors fell 0-1 to Zambia at Rufaro Stadium two weeks ago and they now need to score two clear goals to book a ticket to the AWC set for Namibia in October.
Qualification for the AWC will give the Mighty Warriors a chance to fight for a ticket to the Women’s World Cup tournament scheduled for Canada next year.