local soccer 30.3.2016 01:44 pm

Zifa president condemns police behaviour

Riot police escort the officials off the field during a match.Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images

Riot police escort the officials off the field during a match.Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images

Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Philip Chiyangwa was annoyed by the police for demanding payment after the Warriors’ game against Swaziland.

Zifa hired the Zimbabwe Republic Police to provide security at the stadium during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Sihlangu Semnikati in Harare on Monday evening.

Zimbabwe’s Daily News reports that the police officers refused to release a Zifa chief cashier identified as Saika from the National Sports Stadium’s cash office until they were paid for providing security.

Chiyangwa was infuriated by the officers’ behaviour, claiming they has already been paid a percentage of the gate-takings.

“Police should be able to protect people without being paid. This cannot be allowed to continue, who will protect the people when police demand money like this,” a fuming Chiyangwa told Zimbabwe’s Daily News.

“During the Mighty Warriors’ match, police collected 40 percent of gate takings, now they are at it again. I will order the Zifa secretariat not to hire them again.

“It’s better to use private security. Police officers cannot grab large chunks of money when the real players don’t get anything. Do the police play football?

“We have not paid the players who won the match but the police want to be the first to get paid. What is this, do they not have a duty to protect the people for free, they get salaries at the end of the month and why should citizens pay them extra?”

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