DeMbare's huge challenge

Dynamos name appeared prominently in recent years on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League’s list of most ill-disciplined teams.

This is largely due to the violent behaviour of their fans at times, who struggle to stomach defeats of their beloved side when things are not going their way.

However, in the wake of their newly-found partnership with Gold Leaf Tobacco Zimbabwe, the club’s supporters carry a huge responsibility for the success of their relationship if words by the company’s country manager Lovejoy Bamala are anything to by.

The Glamour Boys’ one-year sponsorship deal with mobile telecommunications company, NetOne, expired at the end of last year.

DeMbare then recently announced a deal worth RTGS$5 million from Gold Leaf Tobacco through their Rudland and George cigarette brand.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the sponsorship package for the country’s most successful team, Bamala made it clear on their expectations from the club’s fans if their marriage was to be successful.

“Football is a beautiful game that should unite, bring peace and create friendship. RG will not associate itself to a violent culture and thereby we are urging all beloved supporters of the club to refrain from acts of violence,” Bamala said.  

“We would have loved to do more now but as RG, we promise that if our brand (through sales) grows, the sponsorship will also enjoy the fruits hence we are asking all Zimbabweans to support our brand for the love of sports.

“We have seen great potential in this club; they are champions within from the technical staff to the players on the field. We look forward to a long term, prosperous relationship.”

The Glamour Boys face bitter rivals CAPS United this afternoon at the National Sports Stadium in a pre-season invitational Charity Challenge Cup.

The match is being organised by Passions Events and winners are guaranteed a floating trophy and $20 000 while losers will walk away $15 000.

The match will probably be the first competitive match for both sides, who are undergoing serious rebuilding exercises following a difficult 2018 season which saw both of them finish outside top five positions and without any silverware to show for. 

And having acquired a host of new players during this transfer window, there is no doubt the Harare derby, despite being a friendly match, will provide the platform for the respective coaches to assess their new acquisitions ahead of the new campaign set for March 30.

While it’s a pre-season curtain raiser ahead of the gruelling season, the game is likely to generate a lot of interest from both sets of fans, as there will be little love lost between the two Harare giants, in their first confrontation this year.

Both teams will be desperate to show intent ahead of the new season as well as getting the early bragging rights, which naturally give a considerable amount of confidence before the new campaign starts.

There is going to be plenty of new faces on show when the two sides clash, with both having been busy on the transfer market, strengthening their respective sides.

DeMbare had a poor 2018 campaign in which they flirted with relegation for most periods before finally securing their Premiership status with three games to go.

In the end, Lloyd Chigowe’s side finished in 11th place 36 points behind back-to-back champions FC Platinum. 

Chigowe made numerous acquisitions during this off-season. 

Returning forward Edward Sadomba leads a cast of new players that also includes exciting Aces Youth Soccer Academy product Junior Selemani, Tinashe Simbo, Simba Mupamaonde, Nigel Gatawa, Robert Sackey, Godfrey Mukambi, Vincent Mberga among others.

Jerome Nyateme, Congolese Ngandu Mankala, former Nichrut right back Joseph Ali Maliselo, defender Munyaradzi Mawadza, Emmanuel Jalaya are also some of the players expected to feature for Dynamos.

Makepekepe finished last season in a lowly eighth place on the log, a massive 30 points behind FC Platinum and are desperate to bounce back in style this season.

At the end of last season, United showed the exit door to a number of their senior players, who were deemed excess baggage while signing some exciting youthful talent.

The Green Machine have made a huge statement of intent by signing several seasoned players, who include Gabriel Nyoni, Phineas Bhamusi and Newman Sianchali while Ronald Chitiyo returns after a year-long injury absence.

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