Bosso players blast executive

BULAWAYO Some Highlanders players this week blasted the clubs management, accusing them of exploitation and disregard for players welfare.

Most Bosso players, who told The Zimbabwean that the club had, since the beginning of the year, delayed their payments by more than two weeks, accused the clubs executive, chaired by Themba Ndlela, of employing a casual approach to issues dealing with their welfare, especially their payment.

The players attributed this to their slow start to the current league campaign, in which Bosso have lost all three away matches so far this season.

The former league champions, who last lifted the crown under the Ernest Maphepha Sibanda leadership in 2006, lost their first away fixture 1-0 to perennial rivals, Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium and recorded an identical deficit to Premiership returnees, Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium the following week.

Two weeks ago, Bosso succumbed to their biggest loss in years against their traditional punching bags Caps United at Rufaro stadium, where they were thrashed 3-1 and the players said the executive should shoulder the blame for that. A few days before the Caps United game, Bosso players had threatened to strike over their April salaries but instead of addressing them on that, the executive responded by suspending three returnee senior players Joel Luphahla, Siza Khoza and Bekithemba Ndlovu, who were all accused of inciting the botched industrial action.

That again showed us that instead of showing concern over our welfare, the executive is only interested in finding scapegoats and we resolved as players not to allow that, said one Bosso player who requested not to be named. That is why we gave the club an ultimatum that we would all refuse to train if they continued victimising our colleagues because no one was incited, but we shared the same concerns and threatened the strike action after seeing that nobody was taking us seriously. Instead, they should be grateful to people like Joe because he has given his best to the team whenever he gets onto the pitch.

This was not the first time that Bosso players failed to receive their salaries in time, as they went through the same ordeal during the Easter Holidays. The players, some of whom said they were being paid as little as US$200 a month, threatened to leave the club if the executive continued with its unprofessional approach to resolving their issues.

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