Malawi probes Sapao over media bashing

Staff Writer

CONTROVERSIAL L-Sporto representative in Zimbabwe Felix Sapao is wanted by his native country Malawi to explain his side of the story following a media bashing over his involvement with the Warr

iors, it emerged this week.



Malawi’s action was reportedly prompted by Sapao’s involvement in bringing into the country a “fake” El Salvador team for a friendly match against the Warriors in January. The match ended goal-less at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.



The Warriors were preparing for their maiden appearance at the African Nations Cup finals held in Tunisia last month.


A letter in possession of IndependentSport and signed by the Malawi ambassador to Zimbabwe Justice William Hanjahanja reveals the Malawian government’s concern over Sapao’s stories published in the local media.


“I have the honour to inform you that the newspaper article concerning you that appeared in the Saturday Herald newspaper of 10th January 2004 and authored by Robson Sharuko reached home,” he wrote.


“As the article was a one-sided story, the government is interested to hear your side of the story so that it has a fair view/picture of what the matter is all about. Hopefully by so doing, your name and that of Malawi will be cleared and protected.”


African Business Communications (ABC), a public relations and communications consultant firm which was handling L-Sporto’s affairs, is also looking for Sapao amid speculation that his whereabouts were unknown.


An official at ABC, when contacted for comment this week said: “We are also looking for him.”


An official at the Malawian embassy however said the government was not looking for Sapao but merely wanted him to explain.


“There is nothing like that,” he said.


“The embassy wanted to hear his side of the story to safeguard the interests of Malawi.”


Investigations by IndependentSport this week however revealed that Sapao had left an astronomical bill at a hotel in Harare where he was staying.


Sources say the former disc jockey had blown $9 million in 10 days at the hotel.


L-Sporto was engaged by the Warriors Trust to provide kits for the Warriors ahead of the African Cup of Nations.


Warriors Trust is the brainchild of Minister of Information and Publicity Jonathan Moyo who established the grouping of pro-government businessman at the height of the Warriors’ historic campaign for the showcase.


The Italian outfit kept the nation on the edge and only provided the kit after the team had left for Tunisia.


Uncertainty currently shrouds the future of the Warriors scheduled to soon embark on World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers and its relationship with the trust and L-Sporto.


Zifa is said to have resolved to sever ties with the trust together with L-Sporto.