Wicknell has gone on social media to reveal the finer details of his chat with the First Lady Grace Mugabe over dinner who reprimanded him for attacking Prof Jonathan Moyo.
He said she told him :
“Regardless of their size, complexion or financial status by virtue of being a minster who was appointed by the President they all equally deserve utmost due respect no matter their views or opinions in any situation. Just as my own small indirect way of apologising to him I will identify a school of my choice in Tsholotsho and donate text books and stationary worth 50 thousand dollars. I rest assured her that oversight will be corrected in future.”
He also said Grace had persuaded him to continue funding the Warriors. “The good news is during my recent interaction with Zimbabwe’s mother she politely requested me to continue supporting the Warriors at all costs. As much as I tried to explain my side of the story she said you are all my children and I won’t stop so low and listen to the who said this and who said that.
She encouraged me never to give up as well as to remain strong and expect criticism when executing national duty. She also strongly reprimanded me for recently attacking an Honourable cabinet Minister on social media. Based on her polite request as an amazing mother I would like to bring this confusion to rest and assure everyone that I am fully behind the Warriors till the end…Who I am to disregard advice from amai veZimbabwe….When I say I am fully behind the Warriors and i don’t mean just with my two hands and mouth in the stadium but with my heart and my strong pocket….It must be noted with due respect that this decision I have made is final, irrevocable and irreversible.. She asked me to look at the bigger picture and see beyond a mere fight with journalists. She asked me to stand up and show the nation I am indeed a patriotic citizen.
She also asked me if His Excellency had sulked and thrown a tantrum after being tormented , criticized and tortured by whites during the liberation struggle would we have attained independence. Definitely not……ZIFA can gladly go ahead and look for an official corporate sponsor but be rest assured of my best financial support for the 2o players and their coach at all times….I would also like to sincerely apologize to her Excellency the First Lady and thank her for the advice and also publicly assure her that rain or sunshine I will do whatever it takes and make sure we qualify for AFCON.