Magaya bails out Warriors, trip remains in limbo

HARARE - Prophetic Healing Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya on Thursday night bailed out the Warriors by paying their allowances for Saturday’s match against Malawi.

The players had on Thursday refused to travel to Malawi for their African Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2017 qualifier tie at Kamuzu Stadium, in a move that plunged the game into an even deeper crisis.

The trip was scheduled for Thursday afternoon but was eventually called off after players refused to head to the Harare International Airport for their flight and remained holed up at their hotel demanding an assurance that their allowances will be paid.

Zimbabwe’s delegation, comprising of players and the technical team, was supposed to depart Harare at 16:10 HRS aboard Malawi Airways and arrive in Blantyre at 18:10 HRS.

The Warriors, who only grouped on Wednesday ahead of the crucial tie, would have had a bit of time to rest and prepare for the crucial qualifier had they managed to travel yesterday.

Magaya, like the norm in recent months, visited the players at their hotel and paid them their allowances.

After the PHD leader’s intervention, the Warriors were now scheduled to leave for Malawi this morning but the trip remains in limbo since Zifa did not organise transport for the team.

A senior pastor with PHD told the Daily News, Magaya had done his part but his hands were now tied in the matter.

“Last night the prophet went to the hotel around midnight after he had been alerted of the crisis in the Warriors camp,” said Admire Mango of PHD.

“The prophet saw it as his duty to pay the players’ allowances and when we left the hotel way after 1pm we thought everything was now in order only to get another phone call this morning from Zifa saying they have no transport.

“At the moment prophet Magaya cannot do anything do anything because we thought these guys at Zifa had everything in order.

“His hands are also tied because ACCZ leader (Bishop Johannes) Ndanga is saying ‘Magaya is not Zifa and he should not help the Warriors’.”      

The latest setback is likely to throw spanners in the works of coach Calisto Pasuwa, who already is missing some influential players like the injured Sweden-based striker Nyasha Mushekwi and Kaizer Chiefs’ Matthew Rusike.

Last night, efforts by Zifa board member Fungai Chihuri and the association’s chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze to persuade the players to travel hit a brick wall after their proposal was turned down.

“In terms of the standoff, it’s something that has just come to the fore. We have been working hard trying to mobilise resources for the trip and we had our challenges given the environment we are operating in,” Mashingaidze said.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure the team fulfils the fixture. We are going to meet with the president (Cuthbert Dube) to ensure the team will be in Malawi tomorrow (today).

“We will discuss more on what mode of transport the boys will use so that they will be in Malawi tomorrow (today) so that they will fulfil their assignment.”

Adding that the players’ demands were beyond the reach of the broke association.

“The players are demanding that they be paid $500 each as appearance fee. But we have tried to negotiate with them so that we agree on a reasonable amount. It is very unfortunate we are finding ourselves in this mess.”

The Warriors endured a difficult week in which poor planning by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), saw the Warriors squad only released on Tuesday following the intervention of minister of Sport, Andrew Langa.

The shambolic preparations by Zifa took centre stage with Pasuwa almost throwing in the towel citing ill-treatment by the mother body.   

Langa then summoned the Zifa leadership and read them the riot act before making contingency plans to ensure the team travels to Blantyre but it appears it was not enough.

The Warriors, who have already been expelled by Fifa from the preliminary rounds of the 2018 World Cup for failing to settle payments owed to former coach Valinhos, are in danger of getting another Caf ban if they fail to fulfil the tie.

However, defender PartsonJaure had earlier reckoned that tomorrow’s showdown with Malawi will present the team with a big test of their pedigree to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup finals.

Jaure, feels their match against Malawi should set the tone for the whole campaign.

“Malawi are a good side and they will be tough opponents but I think what we really need to do in this game is to keep our focus,” Jaure said.

“It is a big test of character for us because if we win this match it will obviously boost our confidence.  This is the match that should gauge us on how we are going to fare in this whole campaign.

“We are going there to get a positive result and it is very possible given the players that are in camp.”

Comments (27)

thank you Prophet of our generation for your generous giving

ashley matowa - 12 June 2015

What a glaring shame for the nation. Other countries take pride in funding national teams but ours is to fund unworthwhile elections. For elections money is always available but for the development cause state fold s hands, no money. Shame, shame, shame

chimene T - 12 June 2015

What a glaring shame for the nation. Other countries take pride in funding national teams but ours is to fund unworthwhile elections. For elections money is always available but for the development cause state fold s hands, no money. Shame, shame, shame

chimene T - 12 June 2015

Thanks Prophet W.Magaya for lifting Zimbabwe high. Its a blessing to give

mandaza - 12 June 2015

Thank you prophet for helping the nation and for being humble.May god continue to bless you.

PAUL - 12 June 2015

Magaya is a Zimbabwean and it is in his right to assist the worriors. Those people saying he is not Zita and shouldn't assist the worriors are misguided. KO imari havo here? Magaya is helping the nation so he should be applauded. "Let there be light" ita amen anobhowa Satan, kkkkkk

dr wambah - 12 June 2015

Football is a big industry that can generate millions of revenue for the nation and ZIFA if well managed. Why should we allow people of questionable character like Dube to manage such an important organisation in our country? Let us open a public forum Zimbabweans where we can all discuss what action and pressure all Zimbabweans who love the game can do to put this rot to end.

Ziziharinanyanga - 12 June 2015

Thank you prophet Magaya, may the Almighty continue to bless you. However, there is a mistake in the story, if the Prophet went to the hotel at midnight, then they couldn't have left at 1pm as indicated in the story. It must have been 1 am.

time - 12 June 2015

This is a highly misplaced priority by Prophet Magaya, I dont appreciate it at all!

Mhofu Chaiyo - 12 June 2015

what Magaya did is good but its that its just under a gloomy cover.he ploughed in a desert,giving players was good but linking with kakistocrats is just devilish.people who are just busy destroying our local talent,demotivating youngsters and stealing from them what they deserve to get.Thats ZIFA eversince just bad news.If at all we want our football to be our football lets emabark on strong reforms on ZIFA and have a new sport oriented and loving people on the management and we send packing the fortune hunters and we shall see soccer getting real sponsorship for well-wishers and a lot of upright sons and daughters of the soil.as it stands nobody would want to plough his sweat down the drain

carson macate - 12 June 2015

Magaya is covering up the law is not blind you satanist you are hiding behind politics you are giving back what you are stealing from innocent poeple.

DAV - 12 June 2015

Magaya is covering up the law is not blind you satanist you are hiding behind politics you are giving back what you are stealing from innocent poeple.

DAV - 12 June 2015

@Dav at some point in time i also used to comment and judge every case but then i read Acts 5:38-39 Gamaliel's Counsel …38"So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God." Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this platform, true as that may be but we are all answerable and accountable to God for every deed we do. Thank you for bailing out our beloved national team.

PassionateSupporter - 12 June 2015

Thank you Prophet Magaya you are a responsible man of God showing the country how things should be done.

GODFREY - 12 June 2015

its a shame our country has been given to the prophets.Imagine a scenario when SAFA is bailed out by prophets just to cite an example of a football federation just across the river.laugh son of the soil this is ridiculous and shameful for a country. Now prophets decide when a national team should play,without the prophet no participation.

geokasi - 12 June 2015

Thanx Magaya for yo generuos and crucial donation

Maraidza Christead - 15 June 2015

Mbiri kuanani _Jesu. Pamberi navaMagaya Ishe Jesu Vanosvika pa Canan pamuchato. Wine yakapaera vanhu vakatarisana kusvika Ishe vaita kuti waini izare inonaka kudarika yakanga yatanga kunwiwa. Baba zvamakaitwa zvinokudzwa nevanoziva kuita KwaIshe wedu kana pane chashota be it at community level, National level or household . Gore rino satan achadzidza. Amen inobhowa satan inodiwa apa. 0782703150

Mwana wemuporofita -Austen - 15 June 2015

mbiri kuna jesu

richard - 16 June 2015

mbiri kuna jesu

richard - 16 June 2015

mbiri kuna jesu

richard - 16 June 2015

mbiri kuna jesu

richard - 16 June 2015

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