Mzansi90 appeals for more funds

HARARE - The Mzansi90, a fundraising committee commissioned to raise funds for the Zimbabwe national football team’s crucial 2013 African Nations Cup qualifier against Angola this week is appealing for more donations from cooperates.

The committee’s chairperson George Manyaya told the Daily News on Sunday they are hoping more pledges to come this week.

“We are still expecting more pledges to be fulfilled in this coming week,” Manyaya said.

“It will be good for Zimbabwe if all cooperates are to join the breeze by coming forward to help the Warriors.

“This is a national cause and it will bring a lot of pride to Zimbabweans from all walks of life if the Warriors qualify for the Afcon finals.

“We have received a lot of support from companies and individuals from the northern region of the country and we are now appealing to those from the southern region to also chip in.”

At the moment the Msansi90 committee has already raised more than half of their intended target of $500 000.

Mbada Diamonds started the ball rolling by dominating $200 000 while the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation contributed $30 000.

Buymore and Zifa president Cuthbert Dube provided $$5 000 and $10 000 respectively. Pace International have chipped in with $5 000.

Conduit Investment and a local retail shop gave the committee $1 000 each.

Manyaya, who is the Mbada Diamonds corporate services executive said they have also been given a $7 000 discount by South African Airways for the airfares of all the foreign based playing, who are coming in for the tie.

Askland Media also provided the committee with free touchline advertising space for all the premiership matches this weekend to help them reach more potential sponsors.

Zimcafe, a local bar and restaurant in the CBD, has also pledged to provide lunch for three days to the team when they join camp this week.

Tomorrow, a leading local bank has also pledged to go public with their pledge to donate $10 000 to the committee.

Unifoods, Favco and Scanoff have donated various food stuffs which include mineral water, fruits and juices.

Manyaya paid tribute to all the corporates and individuals, who have heeded the committee’s call.

Mzansi90 are also hoping to raise more money by selling 50 tickets for $600 each on the chartered plane that will be going to Angola.

Persons who are interested in booking their seat on the plane can make their payments at the Zifa office.

A fundraising dinner is also inline sometime this week before the Warriors leave for Luanda.

Zimbabwe carries a healthy 3-1 lead from the first leg played early last month at Rufaro Stadium and is in a good position to qualify for the Afcon finals to be held in South Africa next year.

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