Boost for Chi-town football

CHITUNGWIZA - A new sponsorship partnership between the Chitungwiza Municipality Football Club and In-Sport was unveiled yesterday in the town.

The sports equipment retailer handed over a full football kit to the council-owned team that is currently playing in the Zifa Division Three league.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony in Seke yesterday, In-Sport managing director, Amon Madzvamuse said they have partnered with the town.

"This is not our first time here, we are the ones who nurtured the likes of Gift Muzadzi and Norman Mapeza, who all played in the Area Zone league then sponsored by In-Sport,” he said.

"The Umbro brand was only found locally at In-Sport and we donated a jersey and gloves to Muzadzi and that is when Muzadzi got the nickname 'Umbro'.”

While thanking the Chitungwiza Municipality for its efforts in bankrolling the club under extremely difficult economic conditions, the club chairman, Innocent Dzvorani, appealed to other local businesses to chip in.

The club is currently travelling to away fixtures in a refuse truck and they need a proper team bus.

"As much as we appreciate the provision of transport by Chitungwiza Municipality to fulfil away fixtures, it is unfortunate and embarrassing to inform you my dear brothers and sisters that the mode of transport we are using now as a club is a refuse truck or sewerage truck," said Dzvorani.

Acting Chitungwiza town clerk, Pricilla Vengesai, called on other corporates to look at sponsoring women’s football.

The re-established ambitious club has this year co-opted new executive members in a committee now comprising of Dzvorani as chairman, secretary Ranganai Gona, treasurer Cuthbert Razawo and organising secretary Aaron Kanzuru Mhonyera.

Chitungwiza, with a population of three million, is a sleeping giant in Zimbabwean football having been home to successful but now by former Premier League clubs like Darryn T and Fire Batteries.

The town has produced football legends in the mould of Mapeza, Muzadzi and Alois Bunjira.

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