Mbada shows way in football

HARARE - Last week was historic for local football following the signing of a multimillion-dollar deal between the football chiefs — PSL and continental sports broadcaster SuperSport.

The frenzy, rightfully so, that accompanied the clinching of the deal which had looked to have been put on ice last year, was the tonic our football needed.

PSL boss Twine Phiri indeed pulled the rabbit out of the hat because we had been resigned to what had become the story of our football; full of promise but never earning recognition.

The PSL/SuperSport deal will see the South African-based pay-per-view broadcaster beaming six premier league games and selected Mbada diamonds matches, including the final.

Amid the glorious moments accompanying the deal, Phiri and football in general, received yet a seal of approval from Mbada Diamonds. There is no other seal of approval that compares with an endorsement from your own.

Mbada Diamonds has become a friend of our football — bankrolling national teams and sponsoring the premier cup which got underway yesterday across the country.

What makes Mbada Diamonds outstanding is that the company is driven by the desire to spread football to every corner of Zimbabwe.

Yesterday, adoring football fans in Kariba, Bindura and Beitbridge, woke up to the pleasant road shows by fans from six teams playing at venues in these towns.

CAPS United and Motor Action were in Bindura, Monomatapa clashed with Hardbody in Beitbridge and FC Platinum engaged Harare City at Nyamhunga stadium in Kariba.

Today residents of Gwanda will be reminded of the days of Sundowns when Chicken Inn take on Gunners at Pelandaba. This is commendable as the football family feasts together.

Previously, BancABC did the same but only limiting the action to top eight teams.

It is our wish to see a change of attitude and shift from shoddy administration by our football chiefs at Zifa.

PSL has courted sponsors and there is every reason to hope more are in the offing.

But a serious disconnect between PSL and Zifa is a harbinger for tumultuous relations.

We have seen that in the past and truly hope Zifa will complement PSL by taking our football towards a new direction.

Working together in planning domestic league fixtures and international matches would be the beginning of a mutually-beneficial relationship.

The fact that SuperSport has endorsed our domestic league is a sign that dark days could be over.


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