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‘We can strike gold’ -Magaya speaks about Warriors and World Cup

By Robson Sharuko

Prophet Walter Magaya says he is driven by a passion to see the Warriors playing at the World Cup finals and his grand mission in football, currently defined by his sponsorship of Premiership newboys Yadah Stars, is to see the country joining the big league of nations at the global showcase.

Walter Magaya

The football-mad prophet told The Herald, in his first in-depth newspaper interview since shepherding his Yadah Stars into the country’s top-flight league, that he was looking beyond the success of his club but playing a very influential role in ultimately helping the Warriors grace the World Cup show.

He said while he was in the process of creating a football club, which could become the biggest in the country with the passage of time and which could attract as many as 60 000 fans to its home matches, his mission remained national and his vision was to see the Warriors finally end their long wait for a dance at the World Cup finals.

“The vision spreads to the national teams, I wish to be part of the national team so that we can compete in one of the World Cups whilst my blood is still ticking,” he said.

“That is my vision.

“We missed the last World Cup when I was inactive in football and because of some issues that were beyond my control but I believe that, maybe, in the next World Cup, I can participate and help my national team qualify for the World Cup.

“Yes, we may not be there in the next few years as a club, but what I know is that my national team will be there and nothing is impossible with God. Even if Yadah FC might not exist in the next few years, or will be existing, I don’t know with God, but my national teams will be there and I want to lift the flag of my country.

“Whether it’s our women soccer (team), male soccer or Yadah FC, all these teams, I’m rallying behind them seriously and I want all the teams to succeed. It’s not about Yadah FC, it’s about Zimbabwe, that’s my main aim.”

Magaya says he feels Zimbabwe is blessed with abundant football talent that is not being tapped to make the competitive national teams that can fly the country’s flag with distinction.

“I feel we have a vast deposit of talent in Zimbabwe but we are not really looking at all corners so that we place the best at all positions,” he said.

“If you are talking of a national team, you don’t compromise and place the second best, you need to put in the very best, whether it’s netball, basketball, we are talking of a national flag now, we are talking of one who has the ability and great character and those two must mix.

“Our challenge, which I’m seeing, is that we are looking at some people who are at the peak at some time or some clubs who have won the championships and we are not looking deep, going to every club and finding the best from every club and so we are not gathering a national team.”

Magaya said things need to change, going forward, so that only the best possible players who can represent the country would be picked and those players don’t necessarily come from the traditional heavyweights, in terms of clubs, who dominate the domestic landscape but could be plucked from the remotest areas of the country.

He says he believes he was not only a good midfielder, during his school days, who could have made a difference if he had been spotted with his talent being developed but he was also a very good rugby player and cricketer but his talents went down the drain.

Thousands, if not millions of talented athletes, he said, were facing the same predicament which haunted him and their talent might never be showcased even when they are far better than those who are currently enjoying the limelight in this country.

Magaya feels the Warriors had a chance to make a huge statement at the 2017 Nations Cup finals in Gabon but came short because of a number of issues, primarily how their technical team went about its business.

“To be honest with you, I wasn’t happy with Callisto Pasuwa (the coach who led the Warriors in Gabon). I felt Callisto Pasuwa was not willing to listen to other ideas,” he said.

“I met Callisto Pasuwa two times or three times and when I spoke with him I could tell he didn’t want to listen to others.”

Magaya said he will always question why Pasuwa carried central defender Elisha Muroiwa, who had struggled with injuries for the better part of last season, decided not to give Oscar Machapa even a minute in Gabon, when his physique was needed to match the bigger opponents and why some players appeared to be played out of position.

He said any team that had the talents of Khama Billiant, Knowledge Musona and Kuda Mahachi should have done more than just a first round exit at the 2017 Nations Cup finals.

“I like a coach who can nurture any player, who can relate to any player and who can make players play to a certain level in their best positions and not a coach who gets personal with players,” said Magaya.

“Looking at AFCON, I’m 100 percent (sure) that when we played Senegal and the other teams, some other opponents, they brought their five six technical advisers to watch how we play, what is our weakness, what is our strength but look at us, how many technical advisers went to AFCON and you will see there was no one and this is a technical game.

“This is a mind game and in all these games the mind plays 90 percent more than anything else and, in these games, our technical teams need to be improved, our administration need to be improved when it comes to the managers of the real sport that is on the pitch and if that is improved I can tell you that we have vast talent here and we can do wonders.

“I feel there has been too much juju in our sport, I feel people believe in juju than God and I’m also trying to bring another angle that God can intervene in any sport that you would be doing and sport can be played clean and I’m trying to clean our sport as well, that there is good sportsmanship that I also can bring in.

“I feel like the most talented people didn’t make it because their character was wrong and when I bring my side of Christianity, when I bring my side of prophetic, I specialise in changing character, I specialise in giving someone an ability that they don’t have, any ability of mixing talent and character.

“And you can tell that the best players don’t go beyond their best levels because of issues like, maybe, drinking alcohol or doping or other things that end up affecting their nerves and when I come in as a Man of God my main is to clean all those things and encourage the young men to do sport as sport and not to mix it with other things.

“My prayer right now, and my dream, if anyone asks me, I wish to be the technical adviser of my national team. The Herald

  • mufundisi

  • It’s good to be ambitious

  • ndiri mwana wapapa but ma warriors ku world cup zviroto!

  • Kwete zvekufa kupiwa chigaro Ku National team No??hakusi kuma church kwenyu kwamunongopana zvigaro zvechiface

  • Big up man of God

  • i believ

  • if we believe anything is possible

  • Lol benzi

  • Africa irikupihwa 9 spots in the 2026 world cup its possible

    • Panga

      by 2026 chiprofita chake chinenge chaexpire, zvekunyepa izvo

  • Is he still prophet or a soccer fan as he spends most of the time talking about soccer than preaching

    • You need help.There is time for everything.Do you preach the whole day.Do people go to church everyday.

    • entrepreneur pane mari you will find him

    • entrepreneur pane mari you will find him

    • Guys Is he Nt a human being? Let him support bhora . Thus love & help ,some pple will benefit from him. Zvino Prophet vakangorova Shoko pasina rubetsero rwavanopa se example tingadzidze sei kuti in life tofanira kupa(giving) or kubatsira.

    • Is it a sin to be an entrepreneur.SOCCER DOESN’T BRING ANY PROFIT IN ZIMBABWE.TELL ME ANY ONE PERSON WHO BECAME RICH BY SPONSORING SOCCER IN ZIMBABWE.

    • Kudzai Nigel Makuwe,Give me a name of one person who sponsored soccer in Zimbabwe and became rich.

    • Farai zvako, munhu munhu chero ukagona sei unongoshorwa. Tatojaira rega tingosiya vanegodo vakadaro. Yadah fo life.

  • Kkkkk
    Mmmm prophecy must not be compromised zvebhora ngatisa nyanya huhuhu coz warriors are worrisome

  • Go to sleep you talking shit!

  • Sascum

  • You have always loved your country PROPHET,your passion for for all sporting disciplines is second to non,your favourite being football.You gave a hand in the Warriors qualification for AFCON 2017,you gave a hand in Mighty Warriors qualification for Olympics Brazil.I thank you for giving some young stars hope by promoting their talent.YOU ARE SPONSORING UP TO 10 TEAMS IN DIFFERENT SPORTING DISCIPLINES.IN SOCCER YOU HAVE 3 TEAMS,YADAH FC,YADAH QUEENS AND A DIVISION 2 MEN’S SOCCER TEAM.YOU HAVE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S RUGBY,BASKETBALL,VOLLEYBALL TEAMS,NETBALL TEAM AND ATHLETICS.THIS WEEK YOU SENT 5 ATHLETES TO ZAMBIA.

  • Tsotsi nxa.

  • yes thats gold so mbavha mu adimistration ye zifa chete

  • Tangai Magaya mungazoguma Makandiwa musango singing……. Hangu

  • Dai Mwari asvinudza vanhu this prophet mweya wavamwari vapi unomupa kuporofita zvebhora zvinoitwa nevahedheni sport yakaudzwa nokuti ikoko ndiko kunekukakavadzana kwakawanda hazvina chekuita naMwari vana magaya vanoshandisa mweya upi

  • Zvofadza chose

  • Zvebhora zvapinda papi.

  • You first have to dream it to have it. Good ideology.

  • Nothing is impossible with God. Kutenda ngakusava kushoma. Tinosvika chete

  • Money donated at church is for sponsorship of the Gospel directly thru evangelism or indirectly thru evangeliving (helping poor and other community services) zveBhora ameno. I am a soccer lover bt apa a mati wanze

    • That’s a false gospel you are preaching.A false and outdated gospel.THOSE YOUNG GUYS HE IS SPONSORING,SOME OF THEM ARE BREAD WINNERS IN THEIR FAMILIES,SOME OF THEM ARE LOOKING AFTER ORPHANS IN THEIR FAMILIES.IS IT A SIN TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT FOR HOPELESS YOUNG STARS WHO ARE NOW SPENDING THEIR TIME OCCUPIED BY SPORT INSTEAD OF ABUSING DRUGS IN STREETS.YOU ARE A LIAR WITH YOUR MISINFORMED GOSPEL.

    • The purpose of a man of God is to change lives of people spiritually and physically,empowering people spiritually and physically.YOU ARE A LIAR.WHERE IN THE BIBLE IS WHAT YOU ARE SAYING WRITTEN.

    • Taura zvako Fatso. These pple vanoverenga kuseri kweBible. They don’t knw wats inside it.

      • Panga

        bible and Quran for the mideast people

    • At church we offer we do not donate

    • Farai man you need to chill. “Is it a sin to create employment for HOPELESS young man who are now spending their time occupied by a sport INSTEAD OF ABUSING DRUGS ON THE STREET “…. Just listen to yourself man. After making such bold assumptions, it baffles me that u have the audacity to label other people as liars. Sad

    • Coster newe Gwaringa ndimbobvunzawo kwababa venyu magaya mune nguva yekuvhurawo bible here or munongoti wat magaya said zvabva kuna Mwari, and do u still no kuti magaya munhu here kana kuti mave kumuita mwari wenyu, bvisai mweya wakakupindai wekutenda munhu nzverai shoko kuti rinotii morega kushumira magaya

  • Tsotsi

  • Y vesseling into sum issues of n sense

  • That has nothing to do with Christ’s Ministry,stick to preaching the word of God.

  • He definitely better do that since he has got no other message to preach except robbing desperate ignorant (of the truth of the gospel) people who hope in miraculous intervention which comes at a monetary price. They cant read where it says in the bible “freely you were given freely give” as a test for true prophets.

    • You think everyone goes to Prophets for money,one day the devil will ambush you and your family,thats when you will that everyone is not after money,but solutions to mysterious things in their families.When you are not sick or no one close to you is not sick with a mysterious disease which even the doctors cannot explain,you can afford to brag like you are doing.uchasangana nazvo,manyemwe ese ayo its because everything is Ok in your family.

    • Farai Raison Gwaringa I agree with you that problems of all sort come to families but our refugee is GOD, through his son Jesus Christ (if you are a believer like me). It can never be pastors/prophets who are controversially and filthy rich while the ones they lead suffer in abject poverty while perpetually waiting for the promised “holy’ intervention

    • Farai Raison Gwaringa,really bro,kune musha usina zvawo??Every African home has a mysterious occurence sometimes but to even think Magaya can solve them is even more insane than the mystery itself,open ur eyes gentlemen,

    • Jesus has solved so many mysterious issues using PROPHET Magaya.Jesus uses his servants to solve mysterious cases

    • Tariro Ndoro,you are only driven by jealous which your master devil specialises in

  • IF ZIMBABWE HAD 10 PEOPLE LIKE PROPHET MAGAYA,WE WOULD BE A BETTER NATION.

    • Panga

      hapana aizobira mumwe, kikikiki

    • We would be poorer in my view, zero production but taking advantage of the poor, the vulnerable and compromised. Very UnGodly if you asked me.

    • Kkkkkkk if only you knew how we are reaping through Yadah Connect in farming and mining,you would shut your beak.

    • Whether you like or not,we are reaping after every 2 months.Iwe uchingoti mabwaya mabwaya,when Yadah Partners are progressing with their lives.

  • Tsano ava vachamuka kubva kuzviroto

  • Which time and year when your predictions come true?

  • hmmmmmn kuhumana kwemkuru
    asi ishuviro tsvene

  • Go for it man of God

  • Jesus never had a soccer team, neither was he involved in putting Israel on the map politically or otherwise, “My kingdom is not of this world ” he said, Apostle Paul never got himself involved in the games of the Romans, His passion and focus was to preach and teach the gospel were it was never heard, these your comments Mr, really says a lot about your agenda in using the name of the Lord to make and gather fame for yourself, l say you dont have the interest of Christ at heart “for many walk,of whom l have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross, whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly and whose glory is in their shame who set their minds on earthly things” Phil 3:18-19

    • Kkkkk haaayaaa. Ati vaMagaya ndi Jesus ndiani. Remember PWM munhu sesu kana sewe. Chinovatadzisa kuti vabatsire vanoda kutamba bhora chiii. Saka vebhora vobatsirwa nani. Zvokona nekuda kwekuti mambo JESU Havana kumboita zvebhora eish ruvengo rwenyu rwakaoma. Instead of thanking e lord kuti vapa Prophet wisdom & grace yekubatsira vasina vabatsiri kusport mava kutonyomba futi aaah munhu munhu chokwadi

    • Panga

      tsvee kunamata chinamato chemunyika menyu, take take nechinamato chekuisreal, colonised mentaly

    • Coster Matsika l never said l hated the man, neither did l disdain him, l simply enlightened him on the need to preach and teach the gospel and channel the ministry’s resources to where the gospel has never been preached than entangling himself in useless activities that have no spiritual benefit to the kingdom of God, Soccer is a carnal thing and has no spirituality whatsoever, those who need sponsorship for such know where to go(big companies), unless he has ulterior motives (tax evasion, favors from government etc), zvekuti the Lord has given him wisdom and grace izvi siyanai nazvo, His grace is not to popularise the things of this world.

    • Bezel Mobvince, go and preach the right way yourself. Which things of the world are you talking about? Were you not going to school your self,kudzidza kunoendesa kutenga here,don’t you watch any sport then? All things we do on earth hazviitwe kudenga but we do them because we are still here. Eating, marrying, having children is of the world it’s not there kudenga,does it mean we are evil….musatinyepere imi…kudenga hakuyendwe kubasa, are you not working here to satisfy your earthly desire,to live well pasi pano usati wafa .. live soccer alone …all things were invented by God and the devil steal and misuse them. You are created by God yourself but now the devil is using you to say what you don’t know or understand.

    • I got no problem with the guy achiita zvebhora,ndokwaanotsokwana chaiko,maybe he can teach the boys Maradonna’s hand of God,

    • Lorraine Bevdivash Siziba stop barking up the wrong tree, did l say soccer is evil, why are you quick to demonise the truth? listen my comments are about a man who claims hes of God entangling himself with the affairs at f this life(2 Tim 2:4) theres nothing spiritual about soccer, if hes a spiritual man what should concern him are the souls of men perishing, this is a case of misplaced priorities, because madinga akawanda sewe are contributing and partnering with this business clothed in sheeps clothing, If Jesus annd his gospel were his concern, he wouldn’t be dangling in such activities because it does concern the king FYI the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy ghost, nothing material there! we work and labour to make His kingdom known and accepted in man’s hearts…..kupusa hachisi chipo chemweya!

    • Bezel Mobvince you are preaching a false Gospel,purely false Gospel,You are a victim of religion,you haven’t started kunamata iwe.We worship a God of diversity who is not static,who used his servants diffently and is still using them differently.If Jesus did not have a football team does that make ungodly for Prophet Magaya to own a football team.JESUS never healed people by saliva,muddy,approans,shadows and handkerchiefs, but but Paul did it,are you then saying it was unGodly for Paul to do that just because JESUS didn’t use those healing mantles.After all, was there Football during the times of JESUS.If you can read your bible attentively,that is if you have one,something which i doubt,you will see that there are thousands men of God who were used differently by God maringe nenguva dzavakararama.If JESUS was using donkeys as a means of transport,are you still using donkeys.Is it unGodly to use vehicles just because Jesus never used them.When God created us, he said be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over everything on earth.How can you say you have dominion on earth if you are in poverty,THAT’S AN OLD,FALSE AND MISINFORMED PREACHING WHICH SAYS BE POOR HERE ON EARTH.WE WORSHIP A RICH GOD WHO WENT TO THE CROSS,THOUGH HE WAS RICH,HE BECAME POOR SO THAT HIS POVERTY WILL MAKE US RICH.

    • JESUS SAID YOU SHALL DO MORE THAN WHAT I’M DOING.EVERY MAN OF GOD FOLLOWS WHAT GOD INSTRUCTS HIM TO DO,NOT WHAT Bezel Mobvince WANTS.HE LISTENS TO THE VOICE THAT CALLED HIM NOT TO SELF ANOINTED PREFECTS OF CHRISTIANITY LIKE YOU.

    • Thanks guys fo showing these pple e right path . Bible racho havarizivi BT chavo kungoti zvaitwa nemunhu wamwari zvakaipa. Vachadzidza riiniko. BT I’m happy bcz even our Jesus Christ vakasangana nevanhu vakanga vachipikisana navo. Saka hazvichashamisi kuitika panaPWM . kkkkk regai vambopikisa zvavo BT tatova kumberi kwekuseri.

    • You can be Pastor and a soccer fan at the same time. Perfectly normal thing…that being said, Magaya is a scam tho. He is robbing people in broad daylight

    • Why don’t you arrest him and lock him in the jail if he is robbing people.

  • makorokoza muchurch ndiwoatasaaara naaawo vanaGWEJA muchurch ndivovatazaaara navo ~singingin~

  • Ndoopachaperera mishonga yako

  • Very optimistic or a fool.

  • marwadziwa nei Magaya paanenge achiita zvebhora iwe itawo zvekuporofita paanenge akuita zvekuporofita iwe woita zvebhora kuti zvifambe isu taneta nembwa dzinohukura dzakarara kkkkkkkkkkkkkk wasvotwaka iwe chawakamboitirawo nyika chii,,uri mbudzi ndichakubhadharisa school fees

  • Panga

    to hell with chrisianity, it brought us these profits to abuse everyone

  • Panga

    he is always thinking of gold

  • Magaya anoda media too much asi haanawo here kuenda kurunyararo primary school

  • tsikamutanda

  • akuziva here kuti mumwe wake airepa madesperate southafricans akazosungwa nezuro besides mazimari ake.sleeping around with poor desperate woman rimwe zuva gava rodambura musungo

  • Kangoma kana koririsa koda kubvaruka panezvakuda kuitika manje

  • Madii mamboti nyararei kwekanguva kadiki

  • Fuck stupid magaya and his doom followes

  • I love you papa zvese zvamataura hatizvirambi nekuti munogona ngatisanganeyi kumidlands ita amen inobhowa Satan uyooooo

  • TINOTENDA

    THANK YOU MAN OF GOD. YOU HAVE CREATED EMPLOYMENT IN SPORT, HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WHERE YOU BUILT A HOTEL AND EMPLOYED THOSE WHO WERE NOT EMPLOYED. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO INCREASE YOU

    HATERS – NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY. WE WILL NOT BE MOVED. HATISKUMIRA

  • Dzinorota

  • Makaiteiko munzvimbo yamuri…..basa kuswero comenta pano…..atleast familieas are being supported iwe kana kutumira kana cent kuna mai …busy kusvora zvirongwa zvevamwe……..hatina kwatoenda tikaramba tichisvora so

  • Rasta!

    Anyone can do anything……the doing is the hard part.

  • prophet havasi kumira, mari yakanaka kwazvo

  • ngatiregei kurota amana..

  • VanaMagaya

  • Demonstrating that he’s a false prophet!!!

  • MAGAYA ANO NYEPERA VANHU AMANA MUSANYDPERANE

  • This guy is a gangsta.