$25k for Sino-Zim Cement Challenge Match

HARARE - The Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe (CFZ) yesterday unveiled a $25 000 pre-season challenge match between rivals CAPS United and Dynamos to played next week.

The challenge match is part of the celebrations to mark 35 years of bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and China.

The game, which is likely to ignite pre-season excitement among the football fans, will also see Chinese players feature on each side during the curtain-raiser encounter.

The match will take place on February 22 and will the winner of the match will walk away with $15 000 while the runners-up will pocket $10 000.

CFZ chairman Zivanai Zhau said the game will go a long way in promoting the friendship between the two countries.

“Soccer is a boundless sport, with a huge number of fans both from Zimbabwe and China favouring the beautiful game,” Zhau said.

“We believe this game is going to give you a brand new impression of soccer and also promote our friendship.

“We strongly believe that as a first for the Chinese community to be in a partnership with local football, this will be the beginning of a long term relationship.

“We hope one day the Chinese will contribute immensely to the successful development of Zimbabwean football that has so much potential to be counted amongst the top football teams, not only in Africa but the world at large.”

Dynamos chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa said they are happy to be part of the Chinese community in the country.

“It is an honour to participate in this challenge match to mark 35 years of the Chinese Federation in Zimbabwe. For us to play CAPS United, they are brave enough because they know the result.

“Our relationship with the Chinese dates back to 2012 when we invited Ambassador Lin Linto our Player of the Year awards ceremony. I hope it’s the beginning of good things to come.”

CAPS United chief executive Joe Makuvire said: “We are happy to be part of this grand event. We welcome the Chinese people to our club with both hands.”

Both Dynamos and CAPS United are also set to share the proceeds from the gate takings. The entry fee has been put at $2 for the rest of the ground.

The two clubs, who have been busy on the market, will also use the game to gauge their progress after losing a number of key players during the current transfer window.

The game will afford the two coaches to polish up their preparations ahead of the new season on the March 7.

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