Prophet Walter Magaya (photo: B Kanamhora)

Yadah FC president and Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder, Walter Magaya, says his football team is spiritually driven, attributing recent poor results to divisions and indiscipline within the club.

Speaking during PHD Sunday service, Magaya was peeved that more than half of the over 40 players contracted by Yadah FC did not attend the church.

He was equally angry that the team’s head coach, Jairos Tapera, and some members of the technical team were conspicuous by their absence.

Tapera returned to the dugout at the weekend after spending four weeks on suspension for defying Magaya instructions on fielding players.

Yadah FC lost four matches consecutively, beginning with a 1-nil loss to Dynamos which was followed by a 7-2 drubbing by Bantu Rovers before a 1-nil defeat to Chicken Inn and a 2-0 loss to FC Platinum. The clergymen have consequently slipped down to 12th position on the premier soccer league standings despite starting the season very strong.

“There should be an agreement, a covenant between me, the founder of the team, and the players,” Magaya told the church.

“The players and their technical staff approached me, asking me to pray for the team. I said no, because there is no agreement between me and the team. Yadah FC is a spiritual team. If there is no agreement between me and the team, the team cannot win.”

During his sermon, Magaya quoted several verses from the book of Mathew and Jonah to illustrate the need of a covenant between partners either at home, workplace or in the world for success to be achieved.

“God can only release power, glory or grace where there is an agreement between two parties… there is no agreement in Yadah FC. In this church today there are about 10 to 15 players out of 45, where are others? Maybe they are at a sangoma or an apostolic sect. How do you win then?” he asked.

“Where is the coach, he is not here. He has no appreciation to come and support the ministry which finance the club. We need to identify the Jonah in the team and offload him. If you want to succeed in life or if a company is to prosper you have to identify Jonah and offload him or her to steady the ship.”

He added: “Most of the players and technical staff are not here, but come salary day, all will be there. There is no agreement. I need to deal with Jonah in the team.”

Magaya said their loss to FC Platinum was inevitable, adding the team lost despite dominating the match.