WAS this the best camping experience ever for the Zimbabwe Warriors?
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya opened up his $8 million Yadah Village facilities for the first time ahead of today’s opening 2019 Afcon qualifier against Liberia.
Ahead of the Afcon finals in Gabon, Zifa resolved to send the national football team to the broken-down Zifa Village, which the players insisted was unfit for camp.
This time there has been no murmurs of discontent in the camp and the new Warriors captain Knowledge Musona describing the place as a “perfect place”.
“It’s been a very good experience at Yadah Village. It’s a very quiet place where we have our privacy with a few people coming in and out and for the first time, our sessions were very private. I think it’s a very good place to camp with its world class standards. I would say it was a perfect place for the team,” Musona said.
The hotel complex that has a private football pitch, among other exclusive amenities was opened last year for people seeking a one-on-one encounter with Magaya.
Warriors team manager Wellington Mupandare says the players; especially the foreign-based contingent, was impressed with the facility.
“I was worried about what the foreign-based players would think of the place but they were all impressed. Some who have been in the team for a while reckon the [Yadah] Village has offered the best camping experience ever,” he said.
“There is no need to travel for training, so there is plenty time to rest and the food here is world class. I hope this relationship with prophet Magaya will continue because with this kind of camping experience, the team will deliver results.”
The Warriors have been occupying the VIP villas of the hotel that accommodates up to 2 000 people.
Coach Norman Mapeza believes the facility will remain their preferred camping site even for future preparations as the country bids for another experience at the Afcon finals.
“It was a fantastic experience being there because it really helped in terms of moving up and down. The facilities are fantastic. I think it’s better even for future preparations during this campaign,” he said.