Shepolopolo stay put

ONE week today since returning from Namibia, the Shepolopolo national women soccer team are still huddled at Football Association of Zambia technical centre in Lusaka, refusing to disperse until they are paid their full allowances.

The girls returned from the Namibia 2014 AfCON last Monday and refused to accept K100 they were given as transport allowance after being in camp for more than a month.

And veteran football administrator Simaata Simaata has condemned FAZ for delaying to pay the women’s national team players.

Simaata said whatever FAZ owes the girls should be paid to them immediately.

“It is very sad that FAZ has not paid the team. It is a small matter which was supposed to have been sorted out a long time ago,” he said.

Simaata said it was not right for a small issue to continue disturbing the footballing fraternity.

“FAZ must immediately pay the allowances because it is a promise they made to the team,” he said.

The girls are still camped at the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Technical Centre in Lusaka after the they refused to go to their homes without being paid camp allowances.

Upon arrival from Namibia the girls were given K100 transport refund by FAZ officials but they refused to accept the money, saying that it was not enough, considering how much work they put in after qualifying to AfCON 2014. The team has complained of ill treatment by FAZ and Government through the Ministry of Sports.

When the women arrived from Namibia upon touching down at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, officials from the ministry told them that Government had no money to pay them.

One of the girls told the Daily Nation that the team was hopeful that they would be paid this week, adding that FAZ raised money from the Chipolopolo versus Ivory Coast international friendly on Saturday at the new Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

“We hope that they have raised enough money which will include our allowances,” she said.

Five of the players have vowed to quit the national team over the controversy. They said once they were paid their money they would leave and never return to camp.