DeMbare unlikely to play in Africa

HARARE - Dynamos' participation in the African Champions League next year has been thrown into uncertainty due to a lack of funds, the Daily News has learnt.

The Glamour Boys sealed a record 21 league titles at the weekend after beating How Mine 2-0 to pip ZPC Kariba to the Castle Premiership championship.

With the triumph, Dynamos earned the right to represent Zimbabwe in Africa’s premier inter-club competition in 2015.

By winning their fourth league title on the trot, Dynamos received a winners cheque of $100 000 from the PSL sponsors Delta Beverages.

To participate in the competition, the Glamour Boys need at least $500 000 in the coffers to ensure they can pay for the travel and accommodation costs associated with the rendezvous in the competition.

To play in a single round of the competition, the Glamour Boys would need at least $170 000.

Since they have failed to reach the mini-league stage of the Champions League since 2009, Dynamos will have to play in the preliminary round of the competition.

So these means DeMbare will have to go past three stages to reach the mini-league stage of the Champions League where they are guaranteed rich pickings.

Dynamos are already racing against time to meet the November 30 deadline set by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to register their participation in next year’s competition.

The Glamour Boys’ chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa told the Daily News that their participation in Africa is in doubt unless they secure sponsorship.

“As things stands right now we don’t have money as a club to participate in the Champions League,” Mubaiwa said.

“If we can’t find a sponsor then we will not participate because currently as a team we don’t have money.

“It needs sound budget to participate in the Champions League. We will approach our sponsors BancABC and see if they can bail us out.”

According to the shirt deal between Dynamos and their principle sponsors BancABC, the financial institution is responsible for paying salaries for the players and the technical staff, on a monthly basis.

The bank also provides transport for the Glamour Boys on the domestic scene but the agreement does not extend to the Champions League.

BancABC spokesperson Murial Dowa told the Daily News yesterday that their position remains the same but did not rule out a possibility of bailing out the Zimbabwean champions.

“We have not discussed anything about it as yet. We will issue our position after we sit down as the bank and with the Dynamos management,” she said.  

“Again they have not approached us (Dynamos) as yet so if you can get in touch with me sometime this week, maybe I will give you enough details.”

If Dynamos pulls out of the Champions League, they are likely to be replaced by ZPC Kariba who finished the season on second place.

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