New Charity Shield format

HARARE - Cellular service provider NetOne has announced a new format for this year’s NetOne Charity Shield tournament.

Speaking at a ceremony to hand over proceeds from last year’s Charity Shield match between Dynamos and Motor Action, the company’s managing director, Reward Kangai said all teams stand a chance to play in this year’s tournament.

Traditionally, the Charity Shield is played by the league champions against the team that won the domestic cup.

If that was the case, reigning Zimbabwe champions Dynamos would have taken on Monomotapa, the team they beat in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final.

“NetOne has also revised the format for holding the competition in this year’s edition of the NetOne Charity Shield,” Kangai said.

“To make the tournament more exciting and give an opportunity to more people to participate on raising funds for charity we have facilitated for the fans to select the teams of their choice by voting through SMS for their favourite Castle Premiership Soccer League team.

“The short code to be used for the voting is 380380. Four teams will battle it out for a place in the final and the venues will be announced in due course as they are dependent on the final teams to take part in the tournament.”

Fans from all over the country can start voting through SMS the name of their favourite team to the number mentioned above.

The four teams with the most votes will then be automatically entered into the draw for the semifinals of the competition.

The NetOne boss cleared the air regarding Dynamos’ winning purse for lifting the Charity Shield last year.
Controversy surrounded the tournament last year when DeMbare’s main sponsor BancABC stopped the club from wearing NetOne branded kit for the tournament.

The match, which Dynamos won 2-1 at the National sports Stadium, almost failed to take place over the issue but a last minute compromise was reached and it finally kicked-off.

“May you receive these proceeds as a gift from the soccer loving public of Zimbabwe, and other NetOne customers at large. NetOne is glad to have played a part in facilitating for the money to be raised,” said Kangai.

“NetOne will give Dynamos FC players and technical team a token of appreciation.”

Castle Premiership chairperson Twine Phiri applauded NetOne for continuing to bankroll the competition despite last year’s problems.

“I would like to urge all sponsors and the corporate world seated here to follow what NetOne has done,” said Phiri, who is also the CAPS United president.

“Yes, last year we had challenges with NetOne and we managed to resolve them. NetOne being a corporate sponsor managed to come on board to assist us in various forms to help the game.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank Dynamos Football Club, who were the winners of the Charity Shield last year. I know we had challenges with Dynamos for them to come on board to play the Charity Shield but today we are seated with Dynamos here and they are getting their dues.”

At yesterday’s hand-over ceremony, a total of 14 charities that run orphanages across the country’s 10 provinces benefitted from last year’s Charity Shield match.

The orphanages received various amounts of cash from NetOne based on their specific needs.

The charities also received day-old chicks that the cellular services provider bought from Irvine’s Zimbabwe.

They also got six months’ supply of chicken feed for the day-old chicks.

According to NetOne, they want the orphanages to start their self-sustenance programmes and breeding chicken, one venture that is easy to run.

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