Player boycott, manager fired – Zambia U20 camp in a mess?
The Zambia under twenty national team’s preparations for the FIFA Under twenty World Cup in South Korea are in disarray with the players boycotting training and FAZ firing team manager Daniel Jere.
The U20 African champions have not been paid since winning gold in March.
But FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has stated that FIFA statutes do not allow U20 players to be paid allowances but his organisation has committed to paying the lads a token of appreciation which will be done by Tuesday.
However the players who were scheduled to leave for Spain on Sunday refused to train on Thursday pressing for payment of their dues.
The Cosafa champions where back in training on Friday.
The prize money due to FAZ for winning the U20 Africa Cup is USD 250,000.00
And FAZ on Thursday fired U20 team manager Daniel Jere and replaced him with Hastings Ndovi.
FAZ covered the dismissal with a statement that stated that the move was part of the continued restructuring of the team structures.
Jere has been with the U20 team from the time they started trials and assembled the final team in November through the Cosafa championship and the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
The team kick off the world cup campaign in four weeks time.
They will play Portugal, Costa Rica and Iran.
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