Inept boards killing football's big three

HARARE - It is not a coincidence that the country’s three most successful clubs — Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United, in that order — have over the years attracted sponsorship from some of the big companies.

These clubs have built strong profiles over the course of their existence and ordinarily would be teams of choice for any prospective sponsor.

However, it is also not a coincidence that the country’s big three have failed to grow their brands to the extent of standing on their own even in these difficult times.

There are no extenuating and compelling reasons these teams have failed to own properties such as stadiums and training grounds.

Instead, short-term planning and high turnover of administrators without long-term visions for these clubs, have contributed to this rather sad reality.

Why is it Dynamos has no club house, stadium, sports science centre, team bus (not donated) and offices despite a bountiful trophy cabinet suggesting rich pickings from everything that has been on offer in the game? Is there any reason why Highlanders, since its formation in 1926, has only a sports club, despite its commanding performances in the years gone by?

And can anyone out there speak with conviction and justify why CAPS United, which is now in the hands of private businesspeople, has none of the things which are supposed to be commensurate with its profile and brand?

There could be no plausible reasons for the state that Zimbabwe’s top three clubs find themselves in other than blaming the ineptness of their boards and administrators. A crisis of huge proportions is unfolding at Dynamos as senior players press for their outstanding allowances and fees.

This is despite the pulling factor of this club which was taken on board by mobile cellular phone company, NetOne together with Bosso and Makepekepe at the beginning of the season.

The sight of irate supporters demonstrating outside Rufaro Stadium on Sunday, in commiseration with senior players who include Cameroonian Christian Ntouba Epoupa , was quite disturbing.

Things should never be allowed to degenerate to that level.

Cross-town rivals CAPS United have financial struggles of their own and only recently were facing losing their team bus to a former employee who was awarded $10 000 damages for unlawful termination of contract. Bosso, are also struggling financially.

They owe substantial amounts of money to various constituencies. But should these clubs be in this situation?

Comments (1)

The problem is that we are experiencing an economic crisis so these clubs they end up in this situation. if we were financially stable Zifa could have been stepping in to give some incentives, for instance to provide transport, accomodation among other needs which teams require when they travel. Due to the fact that companies are closed employers failing to pay employees. its so sad. Remember to own a stadium is very difficult. that can be done by teams in Europe. Not in zim. There is no individual who is willing to sponspor in football due to very corrupt officials @Zifa. So big three clubs cannot be blamed why they are in financial crisis.

nester - 28 March 2018

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