AFTER an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) expedition that went horribly wrong, the Zimbabwe Warriors are back home with each of them getting about US$20 000 in allowances and bonuses.
However, each player will pocket more money once the Confederation of African Football (Caf) disburses Zimbabwe’s prize money for partaking in the tournament which is still underway in Cameroon.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will receive US$550 000. According to the agreement between the sports management body and the Warriors, 40% will of the Caf windfall be paid to the players and the technical team.
This comes as FBC Bank has already pledged to pay each player US$1 000 for their face-saving 2-1 win over Guinea.
Government provided about US$800 000 as well as $2 million which will be paid to the players for their camp in Zimbabwe prior to the tournament.
Each player will get an equivalent of $150 per day in Zimbabwe dollars for the duration of the camp before travelling.
The players were in high spirits at the tournament and expected to go beyond the group stages until they lost to Malawi.
Zimbabwe bowed out of the competition after they suffered defeats in their first two matches against Senegal and Malawi to whom they lost 1-0 and 2-1, respectively.
It is the result against Malawi that has proved to be a bitter pill to swallow for fans, considering that over the years Zimbabwe has dominated their southern African counterparts.
The Warriors were expected to win against Malawi to at least make it to the knockout stages, but it was the group’s underdog, Malawi, which tagged along with Senegal and Guinea to the last 16.
Zimbabwe finished with three points at the bottom of the table while Malawi (four points), finished third behind Guinea who had the same number of points.
While some fans have ridiculed the Warriors for losing to Malawi, some have pointed out that Malawi were a better team.
Zimbabwe saved their best for last when they defeated Guinea 2-1, a result that triggered a winning bonus for the team.
Meanwhile, a group of about seven players together with coaches Mandla Mpofu and Energy Murambadoro arrived in the country yesterday, while the rest of the group is expected today.
The United Kingdom-based players headed straight to their bases.