DeMbare, Bosso in a fix

HARARE - Dynamos and Highlanders are set for a collision course with their sponsor BancABC if they participate in the One Wallet Cup to be launched this afternoon by mobile service providers NetOne.

NetOne, who have sponsored the season opener – Charity Shield - for the past three years, will bankroll the new tournament, set to replace the BancABC Sup8r Cup on the Premier Soccer League calendar.

It is believed that the mobile network service provider is injecting at least $400 000 for the tournament.

The company’s marketing department says finer details will be disclosed at this afternoon’s launch.

Last years’ top eight teams, Dynamos, Highlanders, Harare City, FC Platinum CAPS United, Chicken Inn, How Mine and Triangle will take part.

The PSL programme is likely to take a break this weekend to pave way for the One Wallet Cup tournament. The venues and dates for the semi-finals will be announced at the launch.

But with the tournament’s rules and regulations stipulating that the participating teams wear branded kits from NetOne, DeMbare and Bosso will likely clash with the mobile telecommunication company.

The two clubs’ sponsor BancABC, once barred Dynamos from wearing the Charity Shield sponsors' branded kits in 2012.

Dynamos and NetOne had a big fall-out that season during the Charity Shield match with Motor Action at the National Sports Stadium.

DeMbare insisted that they would not wear the NetOne branded kit as it would be a violation of their contract with their main sponsor BancABC.

The match almost failed to take off with officials from DeMbare, BancABC and NetOne locked in marathon meetings on the eve of the match.

In the end, DeMbare defied the Charity Shield regulations and played with their BancABC branded kit, a move that infuriated NetOne.

The cellular service provider retaliated by withholding Dynamos’ purse money for winning the tournament.

Since then, the relationship between Dynamos and NetOne has been frosty and last year the Glamour Boys did not even feature in the Charity Shield.

NetOne had organised a poll for fans to vote for the four teams they would want to see play in the Charity Shield with Monomotapa, CAPS United, FC Platinum and Chicken Inn coming out tops.

With Dynamos and Highlanders enjoying the largest following in the country, it was a surprise that they failed to garner enough votes to make it into the Charity Shield top four.

The two clubs are all sponsored by BancABC and have a kit endorsement deal with German sportswear manufacturer adidas.           

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa yesterday revealed that the Glamour Boys’ position remains unchanged.

“They have invited us to attend the launch. They know our position and nothing has changed,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News.

“We can only participate wearing our branded kits. Maybe if you call me after the launch then I can give more information.”

Asked if they had received their prize money from NetOne for winning the 2012 Charity Shield, Mubaiwa said:

“The only person who will be able to answer that is our secretary-general (Webster) Chikengezha but he is out of the country at the moment.”

Highlanders CEO Ndumiso Gumede said: “It will be a big pity if they are going to use the branded kits because it means we haven’t learnt anything from the previous cases.

“We have an arrangement with our sponsor which we can’t jeopardise at any cost. If there is any kit to be used then they should give a big prominence to our sponsors. There is nowhere we can jeopardise our deal for a two-week tournament.”

Comments (6)

Netone should stop coming into soccer to cause problems. If my memory serves me right, Netone scuppered a very lucrative deal that was between Econet and the PSL just to prove that they have government influence. Now they are at it again. PSL should be careful lest they lose sponsors because of Netone.

Watcher - 16 July 2014

No problem here Dembare and Bosso will not play finnish! @watcher you are spot on Netone are spoilers when Econet left they did not step in

Ini zvangu - 16 July 2014

Manipulated votes, scoff. Noone voted for those clubs last year, it was made by Netone for Netone on Netone lines . Dynamos supporters do not have Netone lines because their (Netone) main colour was green. kikikikiki

Hlongwane - 17 July 2014

There is nothing special about Dynamos and Highlanders, they have to comply with what Netone needs coz this tournament is sponsored by them not by their damn sponsors! Its a good advertisement that is gonna see many Zimboz buying Netone lines.

Sibbs - 17 July 2014

Sibbs, nobody disputes that Netone are the financiers but yhe clubs have a right to weigh their options especially about their future well being. They can go ahead and leave out the two teams considering that there is "NOTHING SPECIAL" about the two teams.

njabulo Sithole - 17 July 2014

Compare the almost USD 1 500 000 TO A MERE USD 400 000 for a once off tournament. Common sence tells me to hell with NETONE TOURNAMENT. It is of no value to Highlanders n Dembare period.

SANDILE NARE - 17 July 2014

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