Wednesday, October 21, 2020

‘Take it or ship out,’ Fani tells Zebras

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is reported to have told Zebras players that they would not get the money they wanted as appearance fees for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Information reaching Sunday Standard is that the BFA told the players that the P100 000 that the players proposed is too much and they have to accept what will be put on the table by the Association.

The BFA President, David Fani, is reported to be the one who told the players at a meeting on Friday afternoon.

Fani is alleged to have told the players that those who would not accept the BFA proposed figures would not make it to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. “He just told us that we have to accept the offer if we want to go to AFCON or else new players will be called in. This is totally unfair because the BFA were not negotiating but were commanding us. We are fellow Batswana and always willing to negotiate but the way the BFA is handling the matter leaves a lot to be desired,” said one player who preferred anonymity.

The player said if the BFA continues to not seriously address their demands they will hit them where it hurts the most.

“These guys tend to forget what nearly happened in Morocco in 2006 when players threatened not to play because of outstanding allowances. I am not ruling out any possibility of the same thing happening at AFCON and imagine the embarrassment they country would suffer. Just watch and see; big things are going to happen,” said the player.

To add salt to injury, the Zebras players are also alleged to have refused to go training on Thursday until such a time their demands are met.

On the other hand, efforts to solicit a comment from BFA President Fani hit a snag as his phone rang unanswered.

Fani did not even respond to the message sent to his phone.

Meanwhile, the Zebras were expected to play against a depleted Zimbabwean national team in a friendly encounter at the University of Botswana yesterday (Saturday).

Since the match did not fall under FIFA, most teams are reported to have refused to release their players.

The Zebras are supposed to leave sometime this coming week for the last training camp and to acclamatise in Cameroon.

They are scheduled to play Egypt after AFCON on February 20 in an international friendly.

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