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MP wants Zimbabwe players sent to barracks for AFCON performance

Just after their dismal performance at the ongoing 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon, Harare East MP, Terrence Mukupe wants the Warriors sent to army barracks.

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Mukupe was quoted by the News Day website, saying the national side has disappointed the nation and the Zimbabweans are suffering.

The Zanu PF member suggested that the team should be sent to army barracks for what he called an embarrassment to the nation.

Kalisto Pasuwa’s men failed to reach the knockout stages as they drew to Algeria and lost to Senegal and Tunisia respectively.

It is reported that Mukupe made the suggestion after Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane had been asked by Buhera West MP Oliver Mandipaka (Zanu PF) to explain government plans to ensure the Warriors would produce better results in the future.

“All players were given $85 000 each when our country is suffering and they lost,” Mukupe said.

“Do you have a policy so that the Warriors are put in army barracks to perform national service because in Cameroon it happened before, and the Warriors must do national service so that our money comes back?.”

On the other hand, Hlongwane, who first apologised to Parliament and the nation for the team’s poor performance, added there was no such policy to place the Warriors in army barracks as payback for their loss.

“ZIFA asked for money from the government and they were paid before playing in Gabon. Government was supposed to assist their welfare,” adds Hlongwane.

“We want to rebuild the team looking at 2019 so that we have a team that can go up to AFCON finals.”

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