African Cup of Nations: Zimbabwe Warriors End Boycott

African Cup of Nations
Yaya Toure in Bata, February 8, 2015. Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure lifts the African Cup of Nations trophy. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The Zimbabwe national team has finally departed for the African Cup of Nations after talks of a boycott over payment were resolved.

The Warriors side, which is due to start its campaign in Cameroon on January 15, had refused to attend a send-off party on Friday and failed to make its planned departure on Saturday morning.

A dispute over players' pay caused the delay as squad members demanded payment for qualifying matches and were unhappy with the reported $2,500 per game that the Zimbabwe Football Association initially offered.

According to The Zimbabwe Daily, the players' demands — $5,000 per game fee and a daily allowance — were partially met by the governing body in order to break the deadlock.

The Warriors face Algeria on Sunday in its first match of the AFCON.