Sports minister apologies to Warriors

HARARE - The Zimbabwe football team yesterday got a morale booster ahead of next month’s African Nations Championship (Chan) after an apologetic Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Andrew Langa, revealed his ministry has secured $88 000 for the team.

Player discontentment has rocked the Warriors’ camp ahead of the trip, with reports rife that the players have not been receiving camping allowances. 

However, Langa, who hosted a luncheon for the team at the Daisy’s Guest House, where the team is currently camping, assured the players and the technical team that his ministry is working flat out to ensure they receive all their dues.

“My ministry is committed to walking with the Warriors at all times. For this Chan preparation we have managed to source support, for the essential budget lines that include your travel costs, accommodation, upkeep and allowances,” said Langa while addressing players.  

“I am happy to say $88 000 was approved this morning (yesterday) for your upkeep at the tournament and also your allowances but at the same time I would want to say we should not come to you at the last minute, that’s wrong honestly.

“We should have made this initiative before you even came to camp here but we have to appreciate that the government is in support of this Chan tournament, that’s why we received this money.

“It’s not a political statement but the money will be channelled towards your upkeep.”

Langa, who was in the company of his deputy, Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga, apologised to the team for having gone to Christmas holiday without getting paid. 

“We have come here to assure you that you will get what is due to you. I know that you have got families and they are concerned. You have been here for almost three weeks now. You had to go to Christmas with nothing at the table and I would like to say we are sorry.

“You are representing not yourselves; you are representing all of us as a nation. It is our duty that we should support you.

“The journey to this tournament has been a very bumpy one and I am happy to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Langa also lauded Warriors head coach Ian Gorowa after the gaffer used his own money to buy food for the team at some point in the camp. 

“The team’s technical team led by Gorowa is highly commended. He has kept focus on the team even when there was no hope insight. The whole technical team is doing a sterling job,” he added.

“Special thanks go to the man who is in charge of this team, Ian Gorowa, he went out of his way to support the team with dinner. We would like to say as a ministry thank you Gorowa for taking care of the team.”

Meanwhile the proposed Warriors’ friendly match against Libya at the weekend has been cancelled after the North Africans have failed to secure air tickets to Harare.

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Thump up CRd minister

Enock Mupomi - 2 January 2014

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