Issues of unpaid bonuses have again resurfaced as the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo boycotted training on Friday in Gabon.
The team complained of unpaid bonuses for reaching the semi-finals and finishing third place at the previous Africa Cup of Nations competition in Equatorial Guinea.
The team led by Captain Youssouf Mulumbu withdrew from training and shot a video circulated on social media complaining about their unpaid bonuses.
“It’s been years and years, it’s always the same,” Mulumbu said in the video and was backed other players including Firmin Mubele who said: “Each day we cry over the issue of our money; this time give us our money so that we can have a good competition.”
The captain later assured that they will play their first game against Morocco on Monday in northern Gabonese city of Oyem.
“Some situations are deploring. That said, on January 16, we will proudly defend our flag,” Youssouf Mulumbu tweeted.
Certaines situations sont à déplorer ceci dit le16 janvier nous allons défendre fièrement notre drapeau #243#uniscommeun#leopards pic.twitter.com/1oQ4EG6yE2— Youssouf Mulumbu (@mulumbuofficial) January 13, 2017
The protest by the Congolese team follows that of the Zimbabwean national team last week when they refused to emplane to Gabon due to unpaid bonuses.
After meetings with the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), they agreed to leave for Gabon.