Cash boost for DeMbare

HARARE - Dynamos’ 2013 Africa Champions League quest got a major financial boost yesterday after BancABC and mining giant Mbada Diamonds agreed to bankroll the Glamour Boys.

BancABC and Mbada agreed to a twinning sponsorship of DeMbare in the inter-continental club competition that begins this weekend when the reigning Zimbabwe champions host Lesotho Correctional Services in the preliminary round.

BancABC, as the club’s principle sponsor, were the ones who bankrolled DeMbare campaign in 2012 and reserved the right to have their logo the jersey.

DeMbare however are entitled to a $150 000 subsidy from Mbada Diamonds after winning the Mbada Diamonds Cup last season.

One of the condition to get this subsidy required Dynamos to wear kit branded with the mining giant’s logo which would have been a breach of contract with their principle sponsor BancABC.

BancABC marketing manager Cynthia Chizwina confirmed the agreement between the two companies in a statement yesterday.

“Mbada Diamonds and BancABC agreed as corporates to co-sponsor the team. We are the club sponsors but we cannot shut out others sponsors thus we had fruitful discussions with Mbada Diamonds,” said Chiwanza.

“This puts the team at a better position as it embarks on the Caf Champions League starting this weekend.”

Mbada Diamonds Corporate Services Executive, George Manyaya said: “According to clause 14.2.4 of the Mbada Diamonds Cup contract which was signed by all the clubs, the winning team of the tournament would benefit from this subsidy.

“We have entered a similar arrangement with Dynamos’ sponsors BancABC to co-brand and we would like to thank them for their professionalism.

“This breakthrough can be attributed to the fact that we have a common agenda which is that of uplifting communities through the development of sport in Zimbabwe. Dynamos will be representing Zimbabwe in the African Safari and they need the nation to rally behind them starting this weekend.”

Dynamos will be Zimbabwe’s sole representatives in Confederation of African Football (Caf) competitions this year.

The country has two African Champions League slots but Highlanders, who finished in second place behind DeMbare last season, are serving a three-year ban from Caf competitions.

Bosso tried to have the ban lifted but Caf turned down their appeal at the end of last year.

Since Dynamos also won the domestic cup competition, runners-up Monomotapa were supposed to take up Zimbabwe’s place in the African Confederations Cup.

The 2008 Zimbabwe champions however pulled out of the competition after failing to find a sponsor to bankroll their travels.

As Zimbabwe’s flag bearer in African club competitions, DeMbare need to make an impact in the Champions League by at least reaching the group stages.

But that will be a tough ask for Calisto Pasuwa and his team face a difficult path to reach the last eight.

If they get past LCS, who they are largely expected to beat, the record 19-time Zimbabwe champions will meet Libya’s Al-Ittihad or CA Bizertin of Tunisia in the first round.

In the second and final qualifying round, Dynamos will likely come across reigning and record African champions Al Ahly of Egypt.

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