DHL, ZRU partnership on the cards

HARARE - Global logistics giant DHL are ironing out finer details for a major sponsorship package for the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU), a top DHL official has said.

Speaking on the side-lines of the DHL “Africa As One” campaign at St George’s College on Saturday, DHL country manager Jeff Phiri confirmed financial support talks between DHL and ZRU were at an advanced stage.

Phiri said the logistics company has already shown its commitment to Zimbabwe rugby by being one of sponsors for the upcoming Sevens Summer Series.

“We are partnering with Zimbabwe Rugby in various areas. We are one of their sponsors for the forthcoming end of month 7s tournament. We will also be doing a lot of outreach programs in Mbare, Chitungwiza, Bindura, Chinhoyi, we are coming,” said Phiri.

“So this is the first step for getting in bed with the Zimbabwe Rugby Union,” Phiri said in reference of the Africa As One campaign.

“We will be announcing some exciting news in the coming weeks so just watch this space.  I can’t preempt what will happen but there are some exciting times ahead,” he said.

The Africa As One tour which continued through Zimbabwe on Saturday sees a single rugby ball passing through 45 African countries as part of efforts to spread awareness in the buildup next year’s Rugby World Cup in England.

ZRU general manager Sifiso Made addressed the issue with diplomacy.

“Well, look I wouldn’t like to say there is something coming up. We have put in proposals and we are hoping they will look at them favorably. So that’s the most important thing that we have put our foot in the door. It will all depend on various departments to strike a deal with DHL,” he said.

Made said following DHL’s initial support in the Africa As One campaign he was confident that negotiations between the two parties will be fruitful.

“It shows that we have some sort of stability within our structures and most corporates when they come on board they want to be identified with an entity that offers that degree of honesty, appreciation and goodwill for them,” Made said.

“Old Mutual has already come on board and if DHL were to come on board it would be icing on the cake. Rugby is a growing sport.”

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