By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
The Zimbabwe men’s senior national team has been promised a whooping US$64,000 winning bonus if they manage to come out victorious when they play Ethiopia in Bahir Dar Tuesday.
Zimbabwe will play Ethiopia at Bahir Dar stadium in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia Tuesday.
Kickoff time for the game is 3pm.
The monetary bonus comes as a huge boost for Zdravko Logarusic and his men ahead of their World Cup qualifier fixture versus the Walies of Ethopia.
Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed the new development through a statement dated 6 September 2021 signed by ZIFA Board member Philmon Machaya.
According to the statement, the Zifa Interim Fundraising Committee secured the deal with an undisclosed benefactor.
Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry together with her deputy minister Tino Machakaire are said to have facilitated this motivational deal.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is delighted to inform the football fraternity and the nation at large that the interim ZIFA fundraising committee has through the facilitation of Honourable Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Tino Machakaire secured a financial motivational package for the Warriors for the critical match against Ethiopia slated for Bahir Dar at 3pm tomorrow.
“Honourable Machakaire has managed to secure a total of US$64,000 shared equally by all players and the technical team in the event of a win against Ethiopia,” reads the ZIFA statement.
Furthermore, ZIFA went on to applaud Machakaire for his gesture.
The country’s football mother body also revealed that the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers are crucial and also serve as a serious warm up matches ahead of the upcoming AFCON tournament slated for Cameroon in January 2022.
In their last match, Zimbabwe played to a dull goalless draw in their first World Cup qualifier match against Bafana Bafana at the National Sports Stadium last Friday.
The Warriors are currently seated on third position with one point in Group G which also consists of Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, if Loga’s boys snatch a win and collect maximum points in Bahir Dah tomorrow, they would have done themselves a huge double favour.
The squad will share the promised US$64,000 sum of money and would have managed to collect four points in two games.
In spite of this, the victory will also be considered as a good start for the team, especially after more than half of the team’s regular players were barred to travel into the country by their respective clubs due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.