Chivayo delivers pledge to Warriors

HARARE - Businessman Wicknell Chivayo once again lived up to his pledge to assist the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) when it emerged that he will bankroll the Warriors’ upkeep in Rwanda.

The Warriors are set to leave next Saturday, for the fourth edition of the African Nations Championships in Rwanda where they are in Group D with Mali, Zambia and Uganda.

But unlike in the previous years, the Warriors will not have to worry about their bonuses and allowances following revelations that part of Chivayo’s $1 million package for Zifa will be availed for the team’s upkeep.

The businessman, who backed Zifa by off-setting former Warriors coach Tom Saintfiet’s debt will also next month purchase a brand new vehicle for national team coach Calisto Pasuwa which Daily News understands is in the region of $70 000.

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa told guests at a luncheon hosted for the Warriors team at a Harare hotel yesterday that Chivayo had agreed to fund the senior team’s upkeep during the Chan tournament.

Chiyangwa says part of the contract package they will give to Pasuwa, will include a brand new vehicle to be purchased by Chivayo for the coach’s use, adding that Saintfiet’s debt will now be cleared by end of this month.  

“I had a meeting with the sponsor (Wicknell Chivayo) and he said he is going to make available a new vehicle for the coach,” Chiyangwa said.

“This is going to happen early February. He is going to pay off Saintfiet before January 31. And during the first week of February, he will deliver the car that will be handed over to the coach.

“We are still discussing the players’ allowances for each and everyone who is going represent the country at the Chan. So by the time I will go for a board meeting on Friday, I will make it known to the coach how much money they are going to get from the sponsor. 

“Furthermore, we want to be able to conclude the contract as soon as possible and I am telling Edzai (Kasinauyo), who is handling that, to include the clause that the coach will be given a vehicle for use.

“I would like to thank the players and the technical team for the work they are doing. I am confident we will do well at Chan.”

Minister of Sport Makhosini Hlongwane, who was the guest of honour at the luncheon saluted Chiyangwa and his board for a job well done since he assumed office just over a month ago.

“I am happy as the minister with the work that you are doing, Dr Chiyangwa and your team by stabilising the Zifa ship,” Hlongwane said.

“I want you to work even harder. I want you to do even more. These players and the technical team they look up to you and that they have an opportunity to interact with their employer in an environment that is conducive is something that I want to associate with.

“When we have a Zifa board that is hands-on then we know that issues of football are going to be dealt with. I am a hands-on person myself and when you see people doing that then you know we can achieve even more.”

Hlongwane went on to challenge the Warriors to bring the trophy home. 

“Players and the technical team, you will be leaving on January 16, for Rwanda and we wish you well,” Hlongwane said.

“I don’t see any team that can stop you. I think the players and the technical team are highly motivated to go and do well for the country. We are a country that is so hungry for victory and this is an opportunity for you to do us proud.”

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare deputy minister Tapiwa Matangaidze, who was also part of the guests, challenged the corporate world to emulate Chivayo in helping make Zimbabwe football a success story.

The team stepped up their preparations for the tournament with their routine training sessions.

Zimbabwe will be making their fourth consecutive appearance at the tournament, which is specifically designed for footballers plying their trade in domestic leagues across the continent.

Comments (8)

Pasi and your crew, is this guy & his type paying taxes & the correct amount at that?

Galore 123 - 7 January 2016

No self respecting organisation should associate with convicted criminals like this Wicknell chap. It will not end well for our football when we have controversial characters like Chiyangwa in charge. It will definitely scare away corporate money.

mukwerekwere - 7 January 2016

"challenged the corporate world to emulate Chivayo in helping make Zimbabwe football a success story"- the corporate world does not work with convicted criminals full stop.

Disaster - 7 January 2016

Pls wait and see... its only January ...by December this year the truth will be there for the nation..a.whether they are honest or not

believe chizeya - 8 January 2016

wait and see,this wicknell is the same guy wenyoka pafife avenue shops

humba - 8 January 2016

football fans we are a confused lot. we dont really know what we want. we quickly rush into unnecessary conclusions. luckily we have no power to make decisions that affect our football. The corporate world was existing when we failed to participate n 2018 world cup qualifiers. Wicknell crook or what but the fact he won a multimillion dollar tenders from the country's sole electricity supplier. so the key decision makers who matter at least they percieve him just as they do to other corporate leaders. he is helping either you say what or what and the corporate world may soon follow suit coz kana varikugolf you never know what they discuss

Wezhira - 8 January 2016

Ungrateful bastards!!!

oftufv,h - 9 January 2016

Lets apretiate what these prominate businessmen are doing. What we need is sponsorship in our football @ Zifa. Zvekuti mari irikubva kune munhu anenyoka hatina basa nazvo at least if players are being paid their bonusand allowances the better. Sando kuna VaChivhayo & VaChiyangwa

Zvinodakutendwa - 13 January 2016

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