The Zimbabwe football Association president, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa has refuted claims by the state media that his board has drastically failed to avail a paltry $90 that was required for an urgent knee scan on Mighty Warriors striker Rudo Neshamba.
By Tongai Mwenje
Speaking to SportBrief the flamboyant businessman said the allegations were unfounded and lacked proper investigation processes.
” How can we not avail funds for one of our players,” he asked rhetorically.
“Those are lies and I don’t think what you are saying is true. You are the first person to bring me that news, ” chiyangwa said.
The outspoken zifa boss said matters that arise within the association’s jurisdiction are handled via the chief executive officer’s desk. According to him any issue discussed outside that channel doesn’t concern the football mother board.
” As Zifa we have got a professional system of handling football related matters and that procedure goes through Mashingaidze’s office,” he told this publication.
According to the information gathered by Sportbrief, Neshamba had to be rescued by a football organization led by Morris Kakunguwo, a Zimbabwean based in the United kingdom.
Speaking to Sportbrief news desk from his base in London, Lord Morris kakunguwo said they have already met Neshamba’s appeal for assistance.
” Yes we have already availed the money needed for her ultrasound scan, ” Kakungowo said.
Asked whether the money has already been handed to her or is still on it’s way from the UK, the Zimbabwe Football Development Academy Founder said they have already sent the money directly to Neshamba via Ecocash.
” She has already received her monies via Ecocash ,” he confirmed.
Efforts to get a comment from Neshamba were fruitless at the time of publishing this article.
The 24 year old striker is being troubled by a nagging injury that has sidelined her from Sunday’s African Women’s Cup of Nations final round second leg qualifier against Zambia in Lusaka. The Mighty Warriors wrote another piece of history after booking a place in this year’s African Women’s Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon.
According to physiotherapists, most knee operations usually require between six to nine months to heal.