Warriors Trust future uncertain

Ndamu Sandu

UNCERTAINTY shrouds the future of the controversial Warriors Trust following the resignation of acting chairman Karikoga Kaseke citing the politicking in local soccer, it emerged this week.
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Highly-placed sources say the board met in the capital on Tuesday and resolved to carry out an audit of its association with the national team.


It was at the meeting that Kaseke threw in the towel saying politics in local soccer was more than what he had anticipated.


“The problems in soccer are more than what we had imagined. I knew there were problems but never thought that they would reach this stage,” Kaseke told IndependentSport.


“I am leaving the Warriors Trust. I did not become a public figure through soccer but through my profession,” Kaseke added.


“They (the board) met on Tuesday and resolved to carry out an audit on what the Trust had done for the Warriors and the audit would be complete by next week,” a source said.


Sources say not all members attended the meeting but those available constituted a quorum and underpinned the chaos that has characterised the Warriors Trust’s operations.


The Trust was formed unilaterally by Information minister Jonathan Moyo last year at the height of the national team’s campaign for a maiden appearance at the African Nations Cup finals. His involvement thrust it into controversy with many querying his motive.


Relations between the Trust and Zifa have not been all that rosy with the mother body saying the former was improperly constituted.


Sources say authorities at Zifa were unhappy with the way the Trust had handled the travel arrangements for the Africa Cup of Nations.


“The Trust had booked for 10 councillors but because the number tolled to 45 the Trust said it would not cater for such a big number,” the source said.

As a result, the source said, the councillors had to cater for themselves and manoeuvres to disband the Trust gathered momentum.


Information reaching IndependentSport reveal that Kaseke had to dig deep into his pocket to pay for travel expenses to Tunisia after Zifa had struck him off the list of officials to travel.


A brainchild of Moyo, the Trust was formed to help the mother body secure sponsorship from the corporate world to cater for national teams.


Sponsors had deserted Zifa en masse citing the body’s inability to properly administer its finances.


The Trust was rocked with controversy at its inception after Minister of Education Sport and Culture Aeneas Chigwedere suggested his ministry did not recognise it as it was formed without his knowledge.


Chigwedere alleged Moyo was interfering with his ministry.


At its inception the Trust had Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, Kaseke, Herbert Nkala, Sylvester Nguni and Enock Kamushinda on its board.


With Gono and Kaseke out of the Trust, it remains to be seen whether those remaining command sufficient clout to lure the corporate world.