DeMbare moot advance party

HARARE - Dynamos are considering sending an advanced party to Kinshasa in preparation for their visit to face AS Vita in the second leg of an African Champions League first round qualifier.

The two teams first clash in the first leg of the tie this Saturday at the National Sports Stadium.

DeMbare will then travel to the democratic Republic of Congo for the second leg a week later hoping to seal a place in the final qualifying round.

In the preliminary round, Dynamos felt aggravated by the treatment they received at the hands of Botswana side Mochudi Centre Chiefs when they travelled for the second leg in Gaborone.

In order to stop AS Vita from trying to use mind games and dirty tactics, the Zimbabwe champions for the first time in their history hope to have their official in Kinshasa well before the team arrives.

Dynamos secretary general, Webster Chikengezha said: “It’s necessary no doubt, but it all comes down to funds, something we do not have. Although in the southern region it’s rare to be ill-treated.  But these things are there. 

“But now that we know problems are there we will definitely consider an advanced party.”

For the trip to Kinshasa, the Zimbabwe champions are hoping to fly for the second leg.

For a team of their stature, DeMbare were forced to use the road for their second leg trip to Gaborone against Chiefs.

The Dynamos players had to endure a 1029km trip to the Botswana capital just 48 hours before taking on Chiefs.

The distance between Harare and Kinshasa is 3337km and it would be brutal for the DeMbare players if the club opted for a road trip.

Dynamos do not have an official sponsor for the Champions League after their main sponsor BancABC announced that they can only bankroll the club in the domestic league this season.

This means the club has to self-fund all their commitments in the competition this season.

“On average our costs are about $40 000 to host a team in the Caf Champions League,” he said.

“For accommodation we are looking at about $20 000 to $22 000. Referees accommodation is about $4 000. Then you have to look at transport for the visiting team and match officials; another $5 000 or so.

“Then for referee fee it’s about $4 800. Then you also have your team to worry about. You need to take your team into camp. For three days you are footing a $5000 bill.

“Winning bonuses, let’s say $300 a game that’s 18 players plus seven officials, obviously the officials bonuses vary but you are talking of $7 5000. We are in debt before we have even kicked a ball.”

Chikengezha said they opted to use the National Sports Stadium in order to explore more business avenues to boost their match day revenue.  

“It’s a journey we are going through. Without a sponsor it’s difficult,” he said. “Using the National Sports Stadium is a business move. We want to explore more business ventures.

“We want to register all the vendors that will be selling anything during the match, so that we get commission for each sell not just have them buy a ticket like what is happening now.

“Once we have finalised our contract with the NSS we want to come up with a sports shop, to sell our merchandise.”

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