Chiyangwa in so­cial me­dia ap­peal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

ZIFA have taken their beg­ging bowel into the so­cial me­dia zone with the As­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa ap­peal­ing to all the foot­ball-lov­ing ci­ti­zens to donate any amount of money to as­sist his or­gan­i­sa­tion with fund­ing the na­tional team as­sign­ments.

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

Clad in a red-shirt, the Harare busi­ness­man ap­peals for sup­port from Zim­bab­weans to help the deb­trid­den foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, weighed down by a $6 mil­lion debt, to lift the morale of the play­ers in ma­jor up­com­ing tour­na­ments.

“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.

“The women (Mighty War­riors) are cur­rently in Rio and also qual­i­fied for the African Cham­pi­onships in Cameroon, they also need money.”

The Zifa pres­i­dent goes on fur­ther to ap­peal for any amount from the sup­port­ers and says he is go­ing to raise more aware­ness to­wards this cam­paign.

“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.

“I will be putting across an ad­vert or ad­verts for the sake of this par­tic­u­lar cam­paign. It would be ei­ther on In­sta­gram or news­pa­pers or any other me­dia (plat­form).

“I look for­ward to your sup­port in or­der for us to be all suc­cess­ful. Once Zim­babwe lift up the Africa Cup, once the women go and lift the Caf Cup, it will be joy for Zim­babwe.

“It will bring plea­sure and hap­pi­ness. I am yours and will­ing to en­gage you, cor­po­rates and in­di­vid­u­als, in this par­tic­u­lar cam­paign.

“I leave it with you and I look for­ward to your sup­port. Thank you very much.”

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, who will play their first match at the Olympic Games to­mor­row against Ger­many, 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-to­foot­ball ini­tia­tive.

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