The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and the players are locked in talks over unpaid salaries, with both parties threatening to withdraw from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ahead of their final group match.
No agreement has been reached, with ZIFA offering to pay $5,500 of the $12,500 the players are owed on Friday.
But it was rejected amid threat of a boycott of training, until the full amounts were settled.
Both parties then threatened to quit the tournament ahead of Sunday’s clash with struggling Democratic Republic of Congo, where a win would give Zimbabwe a good chance of progressing to the second round.
“We were called in and told of the developments about the possible withdrawal from the tournament and we told them (ZIFA officials) that we were ready to go home because we believe they haven’t fulfilled our contracts,” Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper quoted an unnamed player as saying.
The players were at loggerheads with ZIFA before the team left for Egypt and had threatened to boycott their opener against the host nation on June 21.