local soccer 6.4.2016 01:27 pm

AAG president defends businessman for cancelling Zifa deal 

Kalisto Pasuwa, coach of Zimbabwe. ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Kalisto Pasuwa, coach of Zimbabwe. ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president Chamu Chiwanza has defended Wicknell Chivayo for pulling the plug on the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) sponsorship deal.

AAG president defends businessman for cancelling Zifa deal Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president Chamu Chiwanza has defended Wicknell Chivayo for pulling the plug on the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) sponsorship deal.

Chivayo decided to cancel the three-year $1 million sponsorship deal to Zifa after reports that Zimbabwean national team coach Kalisto Pasuwa had not received a salary in two months.

Chiwanza says he understands the businessman’s decision to pull out of the deal.

“We just want to support Wicknell (Chivayo). We are very delighted with the commitment he has made in football,” Chiwanza told Zimbabwe’s Daily News.

“What Chivayo has been doing is in line with AAG. When locals are empowered, we expect them to empower others exactly what he was doing.

“I am making an appeal from the media and everyone involved to support such initiatives like this one. How many people can buy coaches cars let alone paying salaries?

“We need more people like Chivayo. He has come with a noble thing to support the country and he gets negative publicity. It definitely discourages you considering the amount of money involved.”

The AAG president, however pleaded with the Transport and energy sectors tycoon to resolve the matter with Zifa.

“I’m encouraging him (Chivayo) to review his decision and continue doing the good job. We need him.”

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