Grace Chingoma Sports Reporter
CABINET ministers who took time off their busy schedule to watch the Warriors in action as they romped to a 4-0 victory have commended the team and called on for financial support from all stakeholders so that the dream to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations next year is achieved smoothly. Yesterday, four ministers — Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Supa Mandiwanzira, as well as various Members of Parliament from across the political divide cheered from the terraces and often joined the rest of the crowd in song and dance.
“It has been a good day at work for the national team and everyone involved. We call on the corporate sector to come to the support of both the Warriors and the Mighty Warriors as we journey towards Gabon 2017 and Rio 2016.
“We need to deepen our structural realignment of sport in general in order to continue to deliver happiness to our country.
“Deepening the structural realignment will assist in developing inclusive sport so we all can play a part,” said Hlongwane. The Mberengwa East legislator also paid tribute to the supporters. “In the meantime, I want to salute the Warriors fans who displayed exuberant energy and rallied the Warriors to an all important victory for the country,” said Hlongwane.
Moyo, who was behind the creation of the Warriors Trust in 2003 when Zimbabwe booked their first ticket for the Nations Cup, said it is now time for both the Government and the business people to support the senior side.
Only young businessman Wicknell Chivayo has been going it alone in supporting the national team. “I think by whole account this is a glorious day for Warriors, football and our country. The success of the team today was last experienced maybe ten years ago. We haven’t felt like this in a long time.
“It is a tribute to everyone, the players, coaches, ZIFA president and the minister who has brought a new spirit not just the promotion of national football but sport in general. “To me what is really remarkable is that they achieved this magnificent result which put them in the pole position without necessary support. They literally achieved this out of nothing.
“I am really praying and hoping that their success is a motivation to all of us who support football and, more importantly, those in Government and business community will now play our part by funding.
“They deserve material support. They have done our country proud far, far beyond the call of duty. “It is a great day for Zimbabwe. These sons of the soil deserve our support,” said Moyo.
Kasukuwere also commended the fans for a strong show of support for the team and said the team capped a perfect Easter holiday for the nation. “We are happy this was a great day for our country. The players gave us something to smile about this Easter. It was a good show.
“We congratulate the Minister of Sport for bringing the winning formula and president Philip Chiyangwa for stabilising ZIFA in a big way and bringing responsibility to everyone.
“We are seeing interest, enthusiasm and we salute all the Zimbabweans who came in their numbers to cheer the team. It was indeed a good day,” said Kasukuwere.