AAG president defends Chivayo

HARARE - Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president Chamu Chiwanza has defended Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) benefactor Wicknell Chivayo for withdrawing his sponsorship from local football.

Chiwanza said it is understandable for Chivayo to pull out as people are not showing appreciation for his efforts.    

Chivayo, who has made his fortune in the transport and energy sectors and openly flaunts his riches on social media, pulled the plug on his three-year $1 million sponsorship deal with Zifa after it was reported Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa has not been paid for the last two months.

Chivayo claims $600 000 has already been released to Zifa in just three months, but did not give a breakdown of when and how the said amount was used by the association.

“We just want to support Wicknell (Chivayo). We are very delighted with the commitment he has made in football,” Chiwanza said.

“What Chivayo has been doing is in line with AAG. When locals are empowered, we expect them to empower others exactly what he was doing.”

Chiwanza said Chivayo needs everyone’s support.

“I am making an appeal from the media and everyone involved to support such initiatives like this one. How many people can buy coaches cars let alone paying salaries?” queried Chiwanza.

“We need more people like Chivayo. He has come with a noble thing to support the country and he gets negative publicity. It definitely discourages you considering the amount of money involved.”

Chiwanza has, however, pleaded with Chivayo to bury the hatchet with Zifa and try to resolve the impasse.

“I’m encouraging him (Chivayo) to review his decision and continue doing the good job. We need him.”

Comments (4)

hatinei naye nemari dzenyu dzekuba vanaChiwanza. Zvivanhu zvemadhiri zvauraya nyika. We want proper corporate sponsorships kwete indivuduals. How does this differ with what Cuthbert was doing? dolling money from his pockets? If thats the way, then better Cuthbert to come back because at least we know his area was soccer. Vana Weakknees ava hatitombozivi zvinangwa zvavo. Inyaya dzechiG40 wanting to capture the state.

Howard College - ukzn - 6 April 2016

Sir wickness if you can read this message is ay THANK YOU you saved the nation am not sure about the whole saga but it wont deter me from saying THANK YOU................again I say THANK YOU

imbungulu - 6 April 2016

Chivharo ngachiende!!! his purported riches stink.

Mukanya - 6 April 2016

"Chivhayo, who has made his fortune in the transport and energy sectors ......." Eeh, what transport, what ernegy. The so-called "deals" he has signed for construction of "power staitions" have not yet commenced construction. So how and where is getting his "big bucks" Maybe these are bribe moneys - they are now running dry, and his sponsored have complained about his boastfulness. So he wants to pull out with some kind of decency

s shumba - 6 April 2016

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