The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri has on behalf of Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga hosted a dinner to celebrate the success of the Warriors during the just ended COSAFA Castle Cup and recent achievements by other sportspeople in various sport codes.
Speaking during the dinner, Cde Shiri said there is need to recognise and honour the role played by sport in uniting the nation.
He said a policy on sport governance and remuneration of athletes in the country is being formulated to protect the integrity of the athletes, among them the girl child.
“The integrity of sport has been comprised by rampant corruption and wanton neglect of the welfare of sportspersons, hence the need to eliminate all this and restore sport to its former glory,” he said.
The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kazembe Kazembe said the success being experienced in Zimbabwean sport is a direct result of the national sports policy.
“We have talent in abundance in this country, but have no facilities to expose our players. Sport is now a multi-billion dollar industry so we are appealing for more resources to support the teams especially the Mighty Warriors. We also urge sport administrators to be professional so that our sport attracts sponsorship,” he said.
Dr Phillip Chiyangwa said both the Warriors and Mighty Warriors represented the country with pride and distinction both before and his tenure as ZIFA president.
Warriors players will each receive $1000 as bonus following the COSAFA Cup win.
The Mighty Warriors, who participated at the Rio Olympics will also receive $1000 each deposited into the accounts courtesy of the Ministry of Sport.
For raising the Zimbabwean flag high at the regional level, Tanya Muzinda received $1000 for being accorded young sportswoman at RASA in South Africa.
Elford Moyo, received $1000 for his RASA sportsman with disability award.
Japan’s 49th So Kyokhushin Karate tourney champion Samson Muripo also received another $1000 for his outstanding performances.
Margaret Bangajena, sportswoman with disability, received $1000.
Marko Mambo, winner of the 89km Codes Marathon received $1000 in addition to 68 000 rand he won for the tournament.