HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Legends Trust (ZFLT) says they have pulled out of Friday’s testimonial against their Zambian and African counterparts while the organisers maintain the match is still on at Mandava Stadium.
ZFLT chairperson Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa wrote to Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze informing him on their withdrawal.
“This has been necessitated by the current economic challenges the country is facing, thus we have failed to secure corporate funding to support the event,” wrote Mutizwa.
“It is our sincerest apology that after all the advanced preparations, we are calling off this, which would have seen a lot of activity and excitement on the football calendar.”
ZFLT were organising the event in conjunction with Impact Capital Alliance (Ica) Sports , who insist the match is going ahead.
“We basically financed everything and had to invite to the Zimbabwe Football Legends Trust because we thought that it’s something good for all the country’s legends,” Ica Sports director Julius Chakupewa said.
According to the initial programme, the local legends are supposed to take on their Zambian counterparts who include Kalusha and Joel Bwalya, Sundros Kumwenda, Dabwitso Nkhoma, Ian Bakala and Ferdinand Mwachindalo.
Other African legends like Nigeria’s Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha and Nwanko Kanu, Doctor Khumalo and Lucas Radebe of South Africa and Angola’s Fabrice Akwa are also expected to grace the event.
Zimbabwean legends are expected to line up with the likes of Peter Ndlovu, Stewart Murisa, Kaitano Tembo and Charles Yohane.
It is now not clear whether all these matches will now take place considering the different stances between ZFLT and Ica Sports.