ZIFA Debt: Chiyangwa Goes Begging on Social Media

Debt ridden Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) have taken their begging bowel into the social media zone with the association’s president Philip Chiyangwa appealing to citizens to donate money to bail out the organisation.

Fresh from Nigeria, where he met Fifa boss Gianni Infantino, Chiyangwa yesterday morning appeared in a video clip appealing for funds. 

The Harare businessman appeals for support from Zimbabweans to help the debt-ridden football association. 

The soccer apex body is weighed down by an inherited $6 million debt, to lift the morale of the players in major upcoming tournaments.
Philip Chiyangwa is Begging for Funds 

“Good morning my fellow Zimbabweans, particularly football lovers,” says Chiyangwa. “I am appealing to you to support our national team. I would like to raise money good enough to motivate our football players – both the women’s and men’s soccer teams.

“The Warriors qualified for Africa Cup of Nations and are going to be making all of us proud. This is all because if you contribute to ensuring all their incentives are in place it will also reap rewards for all of us.

Women's soccer ambassadors in Brazil for the Olympics face a gloom outing as the coffers are running dry. “The women (Mighty Warriors) are currently in Rio and also qualified for the African Championships in Cameroon, they also need money.” 

“I am appealing to every Zimbabwean who has a heart to grow our football to support our soccer to contribute $5, $10, $15,” says Chiyangwa. 

Zifa doesn’t have corporate partners to fund the Warriors and the Mighty Warriors and, in the absence of funding from the government, they have struggled to finance the activities of the national teams.

They have been relying on the individuals, led by businessman Wicknell Chivayo, who has poured in personal funds, estimated to be around $1 million, to assist the national teams. 

Chivayo has been paying the Warriors’ bonuses, including a $250 000 bonus to the team for qualifying for the 2017 Nations Cup finals, while also paying the salary of coach Callisto Pasuwa.

Zifa badly need funds as the Warriors are set to play their last Africa Cup of Nations against Guinea in Conakry next month. They are then expected to begin through preparations for the Nations Cup finals in Gabon. 

The Mighty Warriors play their first match at the Olympic Games against Germany - and will also be part of the elite African teams that will participate at the women’s version of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in November.

Zifa have faced perennial funding problems and the current executive inherited a $6 million debt from the previous leadership. The previous Zifa leadership, led by Cuthbert Dube, tried without success to launch a donate-a-dollar-to-football initiative. - The Chronicle


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