Not only in politics does sugarcoating of words exist, but even in the beautiful game of football, with the newly appointed ZIFA president already failing to deliver what he emphasized on, information gathered by Our News Crew can reveal.
A change in leadership is not yielding the desired results at number 53 Livingston Avenue as the 3R ( Rebuild, Restore, Reposition) manifesto is heading towards a brick wall despite being in its infancy, leaving more questions without answers on the credibility of Dr Philip Chiyangwa.
During his campaign on the ZIFA presidential elections, one of Chiyangwa’s promises was to ensure that the Warriors will never lack financially, and it’s going to be a thing of the past, however, contrary to his words, the ZIFA village is singing the same hymn from the same hymn book amid revelations that the Warriors’ preparations to the Rwanda CAF games are in limbo as the governing board does not have enough funds to cater for proper camping facilities, a source who preferred anonymity has revealed.
“There are a number of disagreements at the moment between the squad and ZIFA which must be ironed out, and there was hope that this year’s camp would be an improvement on what happened during Ian Gorowa’s time for the 2014 tournament when the coach ended up having to buy food for the players and there were fights over allowances and bonuses,” said the source.
“But it seems there is already a problem in that the qualifying bonus has not been paid and might not be paid after all as there is also a plan to cut down on the players’ daily allowances on what they will get while they are in camp in Harare and even when they will be in Rwanda compared to the last tournament and all this could affect morale if the housekeeping issues are not sorted out well before he CHAN competition starts,’’ the source continued.
Would the flamboyant Harare based businessman fail to honour his promise, he might be quickly losing taste and touch with the football fraternity as his financial muscle is highly anticipated to rescue the cash strapped ZIFA Village.
Dr Phil might also be striking the wrong chord following his intentions for the ouster of PSL chairman, Twine Phiri, and has already attracted controversy from different stakeholders of the beautiful game.
The 2016 Rwanda CAF competition is scheduled to kick off on the 17th of January up until the 7th of February.