Minister of sport and recreation has tasked the ZOC and ZIFA to explain the confusion that greeted the Might Warriors in their return from Rio on Friday.
Speaking at a media briefing recently, Makhosini Hlongwane said the girl child deserved in line with the proud manner they did business at the Olympic games in Brazil.
BY VA GADENI
Although the government acknowledged receipt of the Mighty Warriors, a lot was left to be desired after the responsible authorities failed to do justice to a team that represented the country on a global stage, amid revelations that the girls were given $5 each to negotiate their way to their respective homes for those staying in Harare, whilst those residing in Bulawayo were rewarded with $15 each on the concoction that they will board a train to the city of Kings.
The local football fraternity however labeled it an act of gross negligence on the ZIFA side, but no convincing answer could be obtained.
Representing ZIFA, Philip Chiyangwa distanced himself from the reception of the Mighty Warriors saying they were a responsibility of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC).
“The ZOC is responsible for the Mighty Warriors when they are on Olympic duty until they are back home hence it has nothing to do with ZIFA,” said Chiyangwa in a statement.
Surprisingly, among other notable individuals who were at the airport to welcome the Shadreck Mlauzi led squad, Chiyangwa represented ZIFA, Mrs Mafunga represented the ZOC and the ZIFA secretariat duo of Gwesela and Mrs Maguranyanga were also present.
None of the institutions could come to the rescue of the Mighty Warriors.
Sports and Recreation Minister, Makhosini Hlongwane, issued a congratulatory statement after a public outcry from soccer lovers across the country and abroad.
“The Minister of Spots and Recreation would like to welcome the Mighty Warriors after their tour in Brazil, wherein, they engaged Germany, Canada, and Australia and gave a credible account of themselves.
In considering their overall performance at the Rio Olympics, it is pertinent to observe that this was a history making appearance since 1980 as it marked the first time football in general and Mighty Warriors have qualified for a major international footballing tournament.
Whilst the arithmetic permutations emanating from the field of play were understandably unfavorable to the football loving fans of the mighty Warriors, it should not be lost to the descerning minds that this was David and Goliath gladiation.
Since the arrival of the Mighty Warriors yesterday (Friday) , various media have been awash wih allegations pertaining to how they were received. Allegations that the Mighty Warriors were not received by ZIFA and ZOC are inaccurate.
The Minister also refutes allegations that the Mighty Warriors never received allowances prior to the games,” said Hlongwane in a statement
Part of the statement read: “Prior to the departure of Team Zimbabwe for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics the Ministry of Sport and Recreation released $90 000 for Team Zimbabwe which comprised of 31 athletes covering various sporting codes including women football.
All Athletes were paid $500 by ZOC as partial payment in the context of the available resources.
In view of the foregoing,it is therefore patently inaccurate that the Mighty Warriors who are an integral part of Team Zimbabwe were not paid at all for their participation at the Rio Olympics.”