WILLARD Katsande has allegedly plunged into the Wicknell Chivayo sponsorship saga by threatening to step down as Warriors’ skipper if the businessman pulls the plug on his $1 million Zifa sponsorship deal.
Katsande did not respond to questions sent to him last night to authenticate the claims by Chivayo in a Facebook post in which he also launched an unprovoked attack on the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science, and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo.
Moyo had written on his Twitter timeline that the Warriors needed corporate and not personal sponsorship, saying “for sponsorship to be sponsorship, it must be formal and that’s contractual not personal”.
Chivayo responded on Facebook: “What is corporate sponsorship? Do you think I print this money at home??? What difference does it make if I’m taking it from my company???
“If an individual is richer than corporates then why not allow him to do as he wishes for the nation? Where are the said corporates and what has been stopping them from coming in all these years. Corporates are run by individuals who make the decisions and can actually react the exact same way so let’s all focus on the issue at hand.”
In the rant, Chivayo also claimed that other senior Warriors players, Costa Nhamoinesu and Knowledge Musona had also called and sent messages begging him to stay on.
I am having sleepless nights, Willard Katsande is calling and texting everyday saying if you withdraw I am resigning as the captain. Musona is also calling and texting saying ‘boss journalists are very unprofessional please forgive us we need you,” wrote Chivayo on his wall.
Nhamoinesu, according to Chivayo asked for forgiveness.
“Us as players are happy with your efforts,” Nhamoinesu is said to have said in a text to Chivayo.
The Zifa benefactor claimed even Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane had sent him a message apologising for The Sunday Mail article.
However, Hlongwane refuted Chivayo’s claims and forwarded Chronicle Sport the WhatsApp message he sent to the Zifa sponsor on Sunday morning.
The message reads: “I’m very grateful for everything. Call once you see this message so we chat. As Ministry of Sport we appreciate your support for football.”
The Sunday Mail article that seems to have infuriated Chivayo revealed that Warriors’ coach Callisto Pasuwa had not been paid his salary despite the sponsorship package. Chivayo then announced that he was pulling out of the Zifa sponsorship deal, just four months into the agreement.