DeMbare score $5 million sponsorship

HARARE - Dynamos chairperson Isaiah Mupfurutsa yesterday boldly declared that their newly-found partnership with Gold Leaf Tobacco Zimbabwe is a true testament of the club’s desire to reclaim its position as the dominant force on the local football scene.

The Glamour Boys, whose one-year sponsorship deal with mobile telecommunications company, NetOne, expired at the end of last year, yesterday announced a deal worth RTGS$5 million from Gold Leaf Tobacco through their Rudland and George cigarette brand.

The deal was announced at the club’s offices at the National Sports Stadium and will see the Harare giants receive RTGS$1 million each season for the next five years.  DeMbare has already received part of the sponsorship to cater for the players’ signing-on fees and salaries for January and February.

“Rudland and George are an enormous brand in their line of business and Dynamos are also a gigantic brand in their own line, so this is a partnership made in heaven,” said Mupfurutsa. “(This) is a partnership that will see Dynamos reclaim its position as the dominant force, a partnership that will bring long lasting peace and harmony at the Glamour Boys.

“This is a sweet partnership that will ensure players’ welfare issues are well catered for and I am sure by now everyone knows Dynamos is up to date in terms of 2019 signing-on fees. Thanks to our new partner, Rudland and George, no player is owed any salary and no player is owed any signing-on fee.

“I can safely tell you Dynamos have found a wonderful partner keen to see glamour return at the Harare football giant. Good times are indeed rolling at the football machine called Dynamos. Thankfully, I can safely tell you tonight that Dynamos have started walking along the path of recovery.”

Mupfurutsa continued: “…we are confident Dynamos can reclaim its status as one of the best clubs on the continent. But to achieve that, Dynamos will need to reinvent itself and take a completely new trajectory.

“And today we are glad to announce that DeMbare have found a big partner to walk with in this new journey. A journey that we believe will take us back to the African safari in the not too distant future.”

Gold Leaf Tobacco Country manager Lovejoy Bamala who was accompanied by the company’s marketing and sales, Hannah Rudland, said: “We as RG have a passion for football and as much as we are an emerging brand, this is why we have come out to support football development in our country and we will be proud to produce the next Peter Ndlovu, George Shaya, Knowledge Musona... just to mention a few.”

“Dynamos is a big brand and is at the heart of most Zimbabweans and when we were approached by the club’s executives about the financial difficulties being experienced, we thought of the sports fraternity as a whole and decided to take part in rescuing the club.”

Dynamos also used the same opportunity to unveil their squad for the new season.
Junior Selemani, Jimmy Tigere, Stephen Chimusoro, Munyaradzi Diya, Joseph Maliselo, Emmanuel Jalayi, Tinashe Simbo, Simba Mupamaonde, Nigel Gatawa, Robert Sackey, Godfrey Mukambi, Vincent Mberga were some of the players unveiled by the Glamour Boys.

Despite losing three quarters of the playing staff from last season, Dynamos coach Lloyd Chigowe, who is renowned for his eye for young talent, believes he has done enough to assemble a competitive unit by unearthing some hidden treasures.

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