Magaya Puts Yadah Stars On Sale, Says Now Wants To Focus On Young Warriors
FOUNDER of the Prophetic Healing and Deluverance Ministries Walter Magaya has quit premiership soccer side Yadah Stars and put it on sale, saying he now wants to concentrate on helping the Young Warriors try and reach the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Magaya also says he wants to concentrate on his church’s various cells across the country, as well as his church membership which he says tops 15,000.
The prophet told the Herald that Yadah Stars will fulfil their fixture against Chicken Inn in Harare this weekend but has invited offers from interested bidders to purchase the franchise.
“Looking at that desire, I am concentrating on rugby, handball and other sports that are within the church, and also putting my energy on the Under-23 soccer team. I think we have a good breed. I want to volunteer to put my aim on the Under- 23 in preparation of the qualifiers (Olympic). It is my desire that in my lifetime Zimbabwe (national soccer teams) qualifies to go to the World Cup.
“So Yadah FC, if anyone is looking for a franchise, yes I will contest with Chicken Inn, but if anyone is looking for a franchise, I would then want to give it out and concentrate on what I am saying.
“I also have 280 cell groups in Zimbabwe alone with membership of about 15 000 people, there in Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare an average of 15 000 per cell . . . so it’s better I also get to my people a chance to contest just for social and I create my own league, that is my desire.M
“So frankly speaking, not that l was defeated in Hwange (Yadah lost 2-0) but I just feel like I am limiting myself just focusing on Yadah FC I would want to expand my wings by losing Yadah FC. And also the national team is my top desire than anything else,” said Magaya.
The Young Warriors progressed to the last qualifying round of the Nations Cup last month when they beat Mozambique and will now face South Africa in the last qualifier in June.
Tonderai Ndiraya’s team which has managed to rope in some players based in Europe has shown great potential.
Spain-based goalkeeper Martin Mapisa, VfB Lubeck Under-19 midfielders Seth Patrick and Shama Bako, Scotland based Matifadza Zata and Ards FC Reward Mwakona.