The much anticipated clash between the Warriors Legends and the World Legends featuring the likes of Ryan Giggs has been postponed amid revelation that the event’s main sponsor is yet to fulfil his financial obligation.
By Carlo Chikomba
The high profile match that had been slated for today (Friday) has been postponed.
Speaking at a press conference in Harare on Friday, World Legends representative in Africa, Tich Mawoni, confirmed the development while pointing to the importance of holding such an event which is being co-organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
“The match is being held with a view to promote sport tourism. It is also being held with a vision to support the vision being preached by our president Emerson Mnangagwa that Zimbabwe is open for business.”
“It is our duty to promote the country and showcase our tourist destinations to the rest of the world as well as show that Zimbabwe is a credible nation for investment. The match will feature the likes of Roberto Carlos, Robert Pires, Edmilson and our very own Bruce Grobbelar who is also a world Legend in his own right.
“The World Legends command a massive combined following of more than 3 billion followers between themselves and if they come and we show them our beautiful tourism destinations, they can reach out to their followers on social media and help to market our country to the world.”
“Some other stellar names are yet to confirm their availability but we will keep you updated as they confirm,” he said.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO Karikoga Kaseke, revealed that they had secured the funding to host the high profile exhibition match from a ‘mysterious donor’.
Although Kaseke refused to be drawn into naming the donor, he did add that the donor is based in South Africa.
“We have secured the money to host the match via a donor who is based in South Africa, unfortunately I cannot disclose his name.”
However, in a statement that is likely to raise eyebrows, Kaseke went on to state that the reason for the match having postponed was because the ‘mysterious donor’ is yet to provide the funding for the game.
“The match was supposed to be held today (Friday) as we all know, but the dates were changed because the sponsor is yet to make payment for them (the World Legends) to come. And so the match shall be held on the 16th of June if the sponsor releases the money,” he said.
Kaseke’s statement is likely to cast doubt on whether the match is going to take place at all, as it appears that this ‘mystery donor’ seems reluctant to release the necessary funding for the event.