The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority yesterday made a negative spectacle of the destination they are mandate to promote.
By Tapiwa Vhurundiya
Their ill-thought decision to stage the Warriors Legends match against World Class Legends on a weekday resulted in poor attendance, which was way below expected numbers.
Less than 2,000 people were dotted in the 65 000 seater National Sports Stadium for the match which was broadcast on Deportivo La Coruna television and a number of Spanish sports channels.
Due to ZTA’s lack of forecasting, the world got to see a poor reflection of Zimbabwe’s football reception, unrepresentative of the true nature of local sports fans.
Sources privy to proceedings told Khuluma Afrika, that the match’s guest of honours President Emmerson Mnangagwa was unimpressed with the small crowd and ditched the awards gala.
The awards gala and dinner was equally shabby as the event slated to start at 6:30pm started at 9pm, two and half hours later.
Local legends were relegated to second fiddle as all the attention was directed towards the visiting ensemble.
Murmurs of disgruntlement were shared among local legends who felt like ZTA were taking them for a ride.
By the time the event was concluded, there was still no itinerary for the World Class Legends who were slated to pass through Mozambique on their way to Spain.
In his speech, ZTA Boss Karikoga Kaseke conceded the logistical headache they were facing.
Close to midnight they had still not secured tickets for the world class legends to fly into neighbouring Mozambique.
“We are still frantically making phone calls to ensure that you get to Mozambique by 8am tomorrow. We have people running around to put everything in place,” Kaseke tried to assure the legends at 23:45 last night.
Efforts to reach the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority’s representative Chief Koti were fruitless as his phone was unreachable.
The flopped testimonial match again raises questions on the relevance of such engagements, some have described them as money making schemes run by a few individuals.