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Akbay and assistants go two months without pay

Raymond Jaravaza
HIGHLANDERS coaches have not been paid for two months amid revelations that club principal sponsors Banc ABC have made it clear their $200 000 sponsorship package will only cater for playersa�� salaries, B-Metro Sport can reveal.

Bosso is now left to dig deeper into its coffers to make sure head coach Erol Akbay and his lieutenants Amini Soma and Cosmas Zulu are paid.

a�?The sponsorship from Banc ABC doesna��t include salaries for the coaches but we are working around the clock to make sure the technical teams are paid their dues. Something will come up very soon,a�? said club treasurer Donald Ndebele.

Development side Bosso90 and junior team coaches have also not been paid.

a�?Banc ABC told the club executive that their sponsorship will not be used to pay the coaches so the club must find money to pay Akbay and company somewhere else. Even the office staff has not been paid.

a�?Without gate takings from Barbourfields Stadium the club has no choice but to borrow more money,a�? said a well placed source.

The 2017 Premier Soccer League season is expected to start in April with an 18 – team league that will see Bulawayo based teams playing more home games. Bulawayo has six teams this season a�� Highlanders, Bantu Rovers, Chicken Inn, How Mine, Bulawayo City FC and Tsholotsho FC.

Bosso draws huge crowds when playing teams such as arch rivals Dynamos and Caps United as well as Chicken Inn, Harare City, FC Platinum and ZPC Kariba.

The club will be hoping for a good season from the team to attract sizable crowds and bring in the much needed revenue.

Banc ABC unveiled a reduced sponsorship package of $200 000 for the 2017 season.

Acting club chairman Modern Ngwenya said he is also confident that contingency plans to cater for the coachesa�� salaries will yield positive results sooner rather than later.