By CECILIA ZULU
THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) owes national womenâ€™s team players winning allowances from the 2014 Africa Women Championship qualifying race.
A source, who sought anonymity, said in Lusaka yesterday that morale among the players is low.
She, however, could not disclose the amount the players are owed.
The She-polopolo beat Zimbabwe 2-0 on aggregate and Tanzania 3-2 over two legs to make a maiden appearance at the Africa Women Championship.
â€œWhat they [FAZ] are doing is not good. Players have not been paid anything up to now. Thatâ€™s the reason why some players did not report in camp on time. Some parents refused to release them and most of them are school-going children. That money could have helped in one way or another,â€ the source said.
The She-polopolo are in camp preparing for the Africa Women Championship in Windhoek kicking off on October 11.
Zambia are in Group A alongside Ivory Coast, Nigeria and hosts Namibia.
And FAZ executive committee member in charge of women football Lenny Nkhuwa admitted that the players have not been paid winning allowances.
â€œItâ€™s true we have not paid them. We were banking on Government to assist us with funds. We thought they would come to our aid just the same way they did with the under-17 and the way they have been doing with the senior team [menâ€™s team].
â€œWe did not know they would go that far [qualifying to the Africa Women Championship]. It was not in the budget but we are working on that. We will give them something before they travel to Namibia,â€ she said.
By CECILIA ZULU