Prophet Walter Magaya blasts Zifa over Warriors donations

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.
Prophet Walter Magaya
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. Daily News

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