By Dumisani Nyoni
Bulawayo, February 17, 2016 – ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer, Karikoga Kaseke has dismissed claims by ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa the latter brokered the much hyped $100 million mega deal for hosting an intercontinental tournament for the next eight years.
Zifa and Bangladesh-based Total Sports Marketing (TSM) on Tuesday last week signed a dream multi-million dollar media, sponsorship and commercial rights deal.
Soon after the deal had been signed, Chiyangwa went into overdrive claiming he brokered the lucrative deal.
“We are very excited about this new deal that we have struck with TSM and we are very grateful to the company’s chief executive officer whom we have been working with all along to come to this end,” Chiyangwa was quoted as saying.
However, speaking at the 2016 Tourism Convention held in Victoria Falls last week, Kaseke said the deal was in fact brokered by the country’s Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi.
“Those who saw television some few days ago and newspaper of Chiyangwa saying he sourced $100 million sponsorship. It was like it’s him who has done that and yet he never did anything to get that $100 million,” Kaseke said.
“I am very honest with you. The minister (Mzembi) who is sitting with us here is the one who sourced for that sponsorship.
“He talked about it with the Minister of Sports and the Minister of Sports then engaged Zifa because it needed to be actualised through the football association.
“But if you read the newspapers, Chiyangwa sourced that $100 million which he never did. Media you are here and you can write about that. The money was sourced by this minister. We saw him (Chiyangwa) on TV saying I sourced this money and have done this and that,” Kaseke said.
Contacted for comment Chiyangwa refused to comment about the fresh allegations.