Warriors' rich pickings!

HARARE - Zimbabwe national football team players stand to get $10 000 in bonuses if they beat Angola in the decisive African Nations Cup qualifier in Luanda next month.

The Warriors, who beat Angola 3-1 in the first leg on September 9 in Harare, will get $5 000 each for a result which is not necessarily a win, but one that is good enough to guarantee them qualification to January’s Afcon finals in neighbouring South Africa.

For a win, they will receive double the amount. It will be the biggest cheque for a winning bonus in the history of Zimbabwean football.  

The blockbuster second leg is set for Luanda on October 13.

These incentives are contained in a $500 000 plus budget presented by Zifa  board member for finance, Eliot Kasu, during the commissioning of Mzansi90, a fundraising committee for the Warriors’ crucial game against the Palancas Negras.

In an attempt to guarantee Zimbabwe’s qualification for the South African showpiece, the financially-troubled Zifa yesterday inaugurated a 25-member committee of business executives picked from diverse sectors of the economy, tasked with  sourcing over half a million dollars within  a fortnight.

Not surprisingly, the chairperson of the committee is George Manyaya, Corporate Services Executive of Mbada Diamonds, the country’s biggest football sponsor.

Manyaya is deputised by Chamu Chiwanza, managing director of Oneturn Mining, and Bulawayo businessman Omega Sibanda.

BancABC’s Desmond Ali is the treasurer while Joel Gombera of the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe will be in charge of marketing.

Former television sports presenter Coxwell Chigwana is organising secretary.

Other notable names on the committee include Mbada Diamonds executive Major Mahlangu, Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) president Tichaona Hwingwiri, FC Platinum club president Nathan Shoko as well as Jabulani Nkomo, son of the country’s Vice President John Nkomo.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube told guests of his association’s determination to clean up the image of football in the country.

“I will tell you again that the report on Asiagate is imminent. It is with the printers and will be available in a few days,” said Dube.

The Zifa boss also urged the Zimbabwe government to follow in the footsteps of other southern African countries that are funding national football teams from the fiscus.

“Government has let us down,” Dube said. “In Angola, South Africa and Zambia, football associations are funded by their governments. If the government funds the national teams it will enable Zifa to focus on football development.”

Meanwhile, Zifa have appointed Motor Action’s chief of protocol Simeon Jamanda as the supporters’ liaison officer responsible for coordinating and mobilising supporters around the country.

MZANSI90 COMMITTEE


George Manyaya (chairperson), Joel Gombera, Major Mahlangu, Desmund Ali, Ntombizodwa Toppela, Memory Kanyati, Tichaona Hwingwiri, Tich Matambanadzo, Rutendo Chabururuka, Nathan Shoko, Marios Hellas, Bernard Gwarada, Chamu Chiwanza, Omega Sibanda, Busi Khumalo, Wavell Gunda, Simeon Jamanda, Jabulani Nkomo, Washington Mutasa, Maxwell Mugabe, Hugo Ribatika, Coxwell Chigwana, Tafadzwa Chiremba, Ignatius Mazura, Fanuel Musarurwa.

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