Warriors fan gets Wicknellâ€™s windfall
9 June 2016
THE Warriors supporter who held a chart begging for US$1 000 from Warriors benefactor Wicknell Chivayo during the teamâ€™s victory over the Flames of Malawi on Sunday has had his wish granted.
The fan Antony Gwende was yesterday given US$1 000 by Sir Wicknell after waving a placard requesting that amount at national Sports Stadium on Sunday with an instruction for the money to be de[posited in his Ecocash account.
The picture of Gwende requesting for US$1 000 from Chivayo had become viral on social media as most people regarded it as a joke.
Speaking to H-Metro, Chivayo said he decided to honour Gwendeâ€™s request because he had travelled all the way from Kadoma just to support the warriors.
â€œI didnâ€™t know I command such respect from football fans and the reason I gave him the money he requested from me was the simple fact that he came to the stadium all the way from Kadoma.
â€œThat really moved me, even though some people saw it as a joke when he made the request, I personally saw it as steps of faith so I had to reward him,â€ he said.
Meanwhile Antony said he was so grateful for the gesture he received from Chivayo.
â€œI have been supporting football for so many years and the gesture I have been given by Sir Wicknell is great fulfilment to me.
â€œHe (Chivayo) has proved that he is not only interested in supporting the players but even us fans because we also have a significant role we play in local football fraternity.
â€œI have planned what I am going to do with the money yet because at the moment my mind is occupied with excitement nothing else,â€ he said.
A month ago, Chivayo also grabbed headlines when he donated R100 000 to a South African based comedian Baba Tencen.