Mighty Warriors, Zimra stand-off finally over

The Mighty Warriors have finally been handed their Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones held by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) for almost a  year demanding paperwork  to clear them, Sportbrief has learnt.

By Sportbrief Reporter 

The mobile handsets availed to every athlete at the Olympics Games in Rio in August, were confiscated upon entering the country with Zimbabwe Olympic Committee officials as a single package.

Speaking to this publication, the source close to the latest developments was very excited to know the girls finally got what rightfully belong to them.

“The girls are telling me the most wonderful news this year. They have been given the Samsung phones from Rio,” the souce revealed.

The source could not provide further details when asked on why the authorities  took so long to release the phones.

“That’s the story, I cant give you more than that as i am no longer with the team, not at privy to the goings on. You can figure it yourself.”

Samsung Electronics distributed 12 500 mobile phones to all the 2016 Olympians.But the Mighty Warriors missed out on collecting their phones at Samsung Galaxy Studio at the Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro as individuals since they were based in Sao Paulo.

The Government was involved right from the initial stages in trying to facilitate the release of the phones and their efforts appeared to bear no fruit until now.

The revenue collector kept demanding more paper work yet they were furnished with documentation from the International Olympics Committee that the gadgets were given to all the Olympians because of a partnership between the IOC and Samsung.

The latest developments come at a time when theMighty girls are preparing for the COSAFA tournament which kicks of on next week in Bulawayo. The Mighty Warriors were drawn in Goup A where they will face Zambia, Madagascar and Malawi.

The competition will be played across two venues in Bulawayo, the Barbourfields Stadium and Luveve Stadium, and will get underway on September 13.

The opening match will see Namibia take on Botswana (kick-off 10h30), before two clashes in Group A as Zambia take on Malawi (14h00) and Zimbabwe clash with Madagascar (16h30).

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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