Some of the premiership’s top players, who took part in the tournament in South Africa, are Maxwell Nyamupangedengu, Solomon Nyangwaya, Blessing Mazorodze, Daniel Kamunhenga, Hasmonia Ziso, Tendai Nyamadzawo, Martin Vengesai and Eddie Chitato Dhlakama has admitted that he facilitated the trip for the players to South Africa.
According to the correspondence in possession of Standardsport to the Football Union of Zimbabwe, the players narrated their harrowing ordeal in the belief that they would make quick buck during the off-season.
However, the players cannot be named for professional reasons.
“We were promised R2 000 appearance fees but surprisingly we never got anything from him (Rodwell Dhlakama). We only received R50 and the food that we ate were offals. At times we would have one meal each day. Surely it was disgusting,” wrote one of the players.
The other player also chronicled the sub-standard accomondation they were subjected to in Soweto, including having to share beds.
The players said they had problems coming home because one of the organisers of the tournament known to the players as “Pastor’ wanted them to play in another tournament before returning home.
The players said they should be compensated for their “grief and tarnished image”.
Dhlakama has admitted facilitating the trip but has denied travelling with the team. Dhlakama sat on the bench with Collins Mahara.
The Zimbabwe select side lost in the final 0-1 to Trab Zone who won R80 000 and a Toyota Quantum. The losing finalists got
R20 000, which is now at the centre of the dispute.