SOCIALITE Pokello Nare may have lied to save her skin on Friday morning after her pictures with national team players went viral hours before the Warriors’ African Cup of Nations qualifier against Botswana.
Pokello’s engagement with national team players raised questions as to how she had been allowed access into the national team camp ahead of the qualifier.
The free spirited belle has a history of wining and dining with top sports men and international entertainers.
Zim Morning Post understands that players jostled for Kodak moments with the former Big Brother Africa housemate.
“I was there on football business,” Pokello tweeted, amid heat from Warriors’ fans.
“And I have authorisation to be there as long as my son is a member of a Zim soccer national team. Now save that for your records.”
Pokello’s submissions were quickly dismissed by Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) who were forced to push back accusations of unprofessional conduct by players.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela told Zim Morning Post that he understands the socialite met the Warriors at Pandhari Lodge by “coincidence” while ‘she was attending to her own business”.
“I was not there but I have been told by the manager that Pokello was conducting her own business when she bumped into players at the reception,” Gwesela said.
“We have no control of who comes to a hotel. If it was in the rooms we could have been talking of another story,” he added.
The Zimbabwe football governing body spoke as Warriors’ fans described Pokello’s Warriors’ meet-up as a reckless distraction.
“She should stay in her lane,” Friends of the Warriors leader Edward “Chairman” Chimedza said.
“Camp is sacred and you can’t just use the Warriors to market your brand.
“It’s wrong on all fronts. If results don’t go our way we are going to have a problem with her.”
Some Warriors’ fans took to social media accusing the Warriors technical team for allowing Pokello access to gate-crash the Warriors camp.
“If it was former coach Norman Mapeza, he would not have allowed such things to happen,” said Warriors’ fan Esrom Salije.