ZIFA President Philip Chiyangwa said Thursday that he was not worried about the source of funds donated to support local football and the bankrupt national association.
Chiyangwa was defending businessman Wicknell Chivhayo as he gave oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport.
Chivayo has been bankrolling the national football association but he served jail time for fraud and has also been in the news about allegedly dodgy deals involving power utility ZESA.
Chiyangwa had been summoned by legislators to explain why he spearheaded the dissolution of ZIFA.
He said, since his election as ZIFA boss, he had managed to bring in sponsorship to the national association.
He said one of the sponsors who had changed the country’s football was Chivhayo although the parliamentary portfolio committee argued that the businessman’s criminal record tarnishes the image of local football.
“If we look at who gives us money, even the various banks that have collapsed they were donating and they were stealing people’s money,” said Chiyangwa.
“Organisations that have collapsed have their own history. I did not look at the character or personality of particular people. I looked for the money to promote football in Zimbabwe. It was going to football to promote our own football.”
Wicknell Chivayo (right) with Warriors players in Harare recently