Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Philip Chiyangwa has claimed the Warriors players are the best paid team at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Gabon.

The South African country opened the campaign with a 2-2 draw against the football giants Algeria in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener. They were on course for a famous victory after coming from a goal down to lead 2-1, but Leicester City star Mahrez showed his quality by snatchintg a late leveller.

Speaking to South Africa’s Daily Sun, Chiyangwa claimed he has $5 million budgeted for the whole tournament, that would be shared among the players and technical staff.

”People are blowing this bonus issue out of proportion,” he said.

”We are the highest paid federation in the competition. Uganda are paying an overall $1,2 million to their players. Compare that to $5 million. And with all this, we expect very good results.”

  • Afcon defending champions, Ivory Coast have set aside a budget of $6,2 million for the tournament, while Ghana slashed theirs from $5 million to $3,4 million.
  • The Warriors are set to pocket at least $86 800 each in match fees if they go all the way and win the tournament.
  • The players staged a strike over bonuses just before their departure for Cameroon enroute to Gabon, before successfully negotiated for a handsome package with Zifa.
  • Zifa will need at least $2 million to pay the 23 players who travelled to Gabon, in the event that they win the tournament.

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