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Zimbabwe Soccer Players Urged To Join Footballers Union to Protect Rights


An official of Kiglon Football Club, one of the Premier Soccer League teams reportedly seeking a buyer due to rising operating costs, confirmed it was for sale but declined to go into details

The Footballers Union Of Zimbabwe has asked the Zimbabwe Football Association to bar the sale of Premier Soccer League clubs until all debts to players have been settled.

An official of Kiglon Football Club, one of the PSL clubs reportedly seeking a buyer due to rising operating costs, confirmed it was for sale but declined to go into details.

Some Zimbabwean soccer players have been left stranded in poverty following the sudden closure of their teams. Most clubs that have been sold or gone under have not followed labor laws that might have protected players or given them severances.

Gunners Football Club Secretary, Wellington Mpandare told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye that players should organize.

"The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe is recognized by the FIFA and it is in the interest of all footballers to join this union to ensure that their rights are protected and they do not lose out when clubs fold," Mpandare said. The union is comprised of some former footballers who are aware of the challenges faced by their peers.

The union "has actually taken some footballers' cases before the courts and won, so all those plying their trade in football or former footballers with issues that need to be resolved and need representation should utilize the footballers union," he added.

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