By Skilder Makona
ZIMBABWEAN football is in quandary as the outbreak of COVID-19 takes its toll with most topflight league clubs struggling to cater for their players’ welfare.
The fallout between Caps United players and club Vice President, Nhamo Tutisani has laid bare the challenges that Premier Soccer League teams are facing after football activities were put on hold after the outbreak of COVID-19.
The incident which saw Caps United Players engaging in a heated confrontation with Tutisani over their unpaid dues could just be a tip of the iceberg on the goings-on in local football.
While Caps United President, Farai Jere expressed disappointment over the incident, he was quick to point out that they have since put their house in order.
“What happened as a result of a misunderstanding and we strongly condemn that. It paints a bad picture of our football and we hope this will never repeat itself again. We have since resolved the issue and explained to the players the direction that we are taking as a club and we promised to settle their dues in due course,” he said.
A visibly disappointed Jere also apologised to the football fraternity for the mishap.
Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) President, Desmond Maringwa urged football clubs to put in place proper structures and fulfil their contractual obligations.
“We call upon all football clubs to put in place proper channels to deal with such issues of players’ welfare especially during these hard times, we strongly condemn what happened at Caps United and we believe there are better ways to resolve matters like these,” he said.
While the situation on the ground points to a sorry state of affairs if the Caps United incident is anything to go by other big clubs say they are making the best out of the current trying times.
Dynamos chairman, Isaiah Mupfurutsa says all is in order at the Glamour Boys, thanking the club sponsors for their support during these difficult times.
Highlanders Spokesperson, Ronald Moyo noted that they are honouring their contractual obligations.
Of late, there have been widespread reports of a host of topflight league players being involved in illegal money games as a survival tactic during the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
Efforts to get a comment from the Zimbabwe Football Association, which has since promised to bail out PSL clubs, were fruitless as the association’s spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela declined to disclose when they will release the funds.
By Skilder Makona