The Warriors of Zimbabwe face detainment in a military barracks following their less than impressive showing at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zimbabwe had earned an impressive draw against Algeria in their opening fixtures, but subsequent losses to Senegal and Tunisia sealed their exit out of the tournament.
The country’s legislators were not too pleased with the sub par performance, and have demanded a refund of the team’s allowances.
An MP from Buhera South , Joseph Chinotimba, was quoted as saying: “You had given them money that covered the whole month and they are back, can they refund the money that was not spent?”
In the event that they could not refund, another MP, Terrence Mkupe from Harare East demanded that the players be detained at an army barracks for their poor performance.
“What is the government policy on the failure by the Warriors?” Mkupe asked. “Is it not possible for the players to be detained in an army barrack considering that they got $85,000 for participating at AFCON and (the players) must pay back by performing a service in the barracks?”
The country’s sport minister, Makhosini Hlongwane, however revealed that there was no such policy for punishing poor performance in football teams.
“However, after the team’s exit from AFCON, we are starting afresh so that we focus on upcoming events,” he added.
It, shockingly, wouldn’t be the first time something similar has happened. After the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations jointly-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast football team was detained in an army barracks by then Head of State, General Robert Guei.