Magaya blasts Zifa over Warriors donations

HARARE - Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya yesterday told the hugely mismanaged and out-of-sorts Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) that “he is there to support the players and not to settle the association’s debts.”

Magaya has recently been bailing out national teams financially so that they could fulfil their assignments.

He is, however, concerned over the misuse of the sponsorship by the football association.

The Warriors were handed R560 000 by the hugely popular preacher prior to their participation at the Cosafa Cup recently but the money hardly made its way to the players or technical staff with Warriors head coach Calisto Pasuwa reportedly getting a paltry $100 ever since he assumed the position.

Addressing players in the presence of Zifa’s chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze during yesterday’s training session, the PHD Ministries founder said Zifa should not divert his sponsorship. 

“My support is going towards these boys and this must be made very clear, Mr Mashingaidze,” Magaya said.

“My support is not on you (Mashingaidze) or Zifa. I am not a political person — do you understand (Mr Mashingaidze)? My support is for these guys and whatever I gave, should go straight to these guys.

“I know you have your own zvikwereti (debts) but find your own ways to sort them out. I am only concerned with these boys. I want to support them so that I can change their lives.

“I heard the boys did not get any cent from the previous money I gave you, even the coach I heard he did not receive anything which is not good.

“I love my nation, it’s not a good thing, it’s embarrassing  that every time you will see a big organisation like Zifa moving around with a begging bowel, it’s actually embarrassing.

“My call is to assist people because I am a man of God and I want to uplift the spirits of these boys so that they will know God is alive.

“My main aim is for all of them to give their lives to Jesus at the end of the day.

“It is also a way of penetrating their hearts motivating them to pray.

“When they see that all this is coming from a Man of God I believe that their hearts will also desire to pray and worship Him.”

On possibilities of him adopting the national team, Magaya said: “It’s never been done like that, I have never seen one person adopt a national team, but I have to think about this as you know that when you do something like this you are also attacked, so I must be prepared for these attacks.

“I believe that there is always light at the end of the tunnel,” added Magaya.

Magaya also rescued the Warriors after agreeing to cover the national team’s expenses when they face the Comoros in 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

Only last week, the national team only started training on Wednesday for last Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) away match to Malawi.

The players refused to travel to Blantyre on Thursday as they demanded their match fees and allowances which resulted in them missing their flight. They eventually travelled by road.

The Warriors resumed training yesterday for the Comoros tie with 24 players turning up under the watchful eye of Pasuwa.

Comments (31)

Well said my Prophet,you have set the record straight,you are such a blessing to the nation,continue to lead by example.May the Almighty bless you abundantly,LET THERE BE LIGHT,AMEN

sinyoro - 19 June 2015

Well said my Prophet,you have set the record straight,you are such a blessing to the nation,continue to lead by example.May the Almighty bless you abundantly,LET THERE BE LIGHT,AMEN

sinyoro - 19 June 2015

Well said my Prophet,you have set the record straight,you are such a blessing to the nation,continue to lead by example.May the Almighty bless you abundantly,LET THERE BE LIGHT,AMEN

sinyoro - 19 June 2015

mbavha dzabuda pachena maviona ngawasungwe coz mari iyoyo yakapiwa ani kana maplayers asina kupiwa make a police report mbavha dzisungwe biz kuti uraira bhora

nhabvu - 19 June 2015

Magaya you are doing the correct thing , don't give the money to Zifa , give direct to the team , keep it up . This shows that you are a true man of God , expose those Zifa thieves .

Mudhara - 19 June 2015

Well done Man of god. We are strongly behind you in this good work. May the lord bless you even more. Our hope is to see Zimbabwe qualify and later win many trophes

I Sithole - 19 June 2015

We need to thank the Prophet for job well done ,but why Zifa ichita zvinhu zviri pachena apa ministry of sports ino faninira kupindira kwete kungotarira kunge vari kuona movie

John - 19 June 2015

Thanks prophet, the two masketeers are the devils deciples bent on stealing and deciet. They have soiled the beautiful game, pasi naDUBE NAMASHINGAIDZE

El-Dodo - 19 June 2015

Thank you for saving our great nation from embarassment. I hope these man from ZIFA

Tafadzwa - 19 June 2015

Well done Prophet Magaya.I think Mashingaidze and mudhara wake Cuthbert Dube are perfect candidates for deliverance.Yesterday provided an excellent opportunity to cast the legion of spirits operating in Jonathan Mashingaidze.For how long will ZIFA keep on depending on the benevolence of the man of God.I know the man of God loves soccer but given an irresponsible leadership such as we have at ZIFA starring Jonathan Mashingaidze and Cuthbert, your financial resources man of God are better off used to partner with fellow ministries who are struggling to have fund to further the Gospel.Corporate world is ready to sponsor our national soccer, but only on the condition that the ZIFA brand is restored by letting the right people with a proper football mandset lead our football association.We don'twant people with a locust mentality to run our soccer.SRC ,WHY ARE YOU AFRAID OF FIRING CUTHBERT DUBE AND JONATHAN MASHINGAIDZE?

Soccer Analyst - 19 June 2015

That's indeed a very good thing Prophet Walter Magaya with the support you are giving to these warriors we are certain that our Nation is going to be taken on another level...

Natalie Cole - 19 June 2015

...I don't know about any other stuff and won't judge but what is good is good...thumps up Magaya...

Den - 19 June 2015

By the way who are these guys Johathan Mashingaidze and Cuthbert Dube? Are these guys immune to the laws of the land? Are they more important than our lovely game (football) and the civilized citizens at large? Aaah enough is enough Cuthbert and Jonathan chisiyai basa guys....??

Ampton - 19 June 2015

The prophet will probably not agree with me, but the Lord has certainly lost hope in everything Zimbabwean. Where is the prophet getting all his money anyway, businesses?

Familda Magora - 20 June 2015

The prophet will probably not agree with me, but the Lord has certainly lost hope in everything Zimbabwean. Where is the prophet getting all his money anyway, businesses?

Familda Magora - 20 June 2015

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