Border Strikers players boycott matches

​ BEITBRIDGE BUREAU BEITBRIDGE - Winless Border Strikers FC this week picked up the pieces and started training minus five of its players pr...





BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

BEITBRIDGE
- Winless Border Strikers FC this week picked up the pieces and started training minus five of its players pressing ahead with industrial action.
  "We are going ahead with training but some senior players have not reported for training," said the Teàm Captain Michael Variso on Wednesday this week.
  Trouble crept into the Border Strikers camp last week after players boycotted a home match against Mutare FC citing non payment of signing on fees and salaries.
  The team, fielding nine second-string players, succumbed to an 80th minute goal in the match at Maglas Stadium where they were forced to host their opponents because PSL condemned their homeground Dulivhadzimu Stadium.
  Variso said his team will have to move on, and will use youthful players from its second team.
  The team lost all its opening games.
  "At this rate the team will lose players as it cannot raise any revenue from gate-takings, the PSL should let them play here (Dulivhadzimu)," said Ishmael Sibanda.
  Border Strikers owes its players signing on fees and salaries.
  "Judging by how the Dynamos friendly was attended, the team can easily solve its financial problems," said Sibanda.
  The PSL said Dulivhadzimu, although it has been upgraded, lacked certain FIFA conditions, some FIFA approved stadiums in the world have a sitting capacity of just 2 000 unlike the 5 000 required at Beitbridge. Border Strikers officials were last week scheduled to meet PSL officials to beg for permission to use Dulivhadzimu which has in the past hosted premiership games.
  The team, the only one in Matabeland South playing premiership football, argues that by the time crowd pullers Highlanders and Dynamos come to Beitbridge, the stadium will have been improved.
  "It is important in the interests of developing football to have teams playing at home where it has supporters," said John Ndou of Dulivhadzimu.
Border Strikers match at Maglas was watched by 45 paying spectators which is unhealthy for teams at that level.sport news

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