ZNA hunts for cor­po­rate part­ner

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe National Army is in the hunt for a cor­po­rate part­ner to bankroll its grow­ing ZNA Char­i­ties Shield tour­na­ment that is likely to in­volve all 16 Pre­mier­ship teams from next sea­son.

In­au­gu­rated in 2013 when Caps United beat Black Rhi­nos 2-1 in the fi­nal, the tour­na­ment has been ex­clu­sively funded by the army mainly through match day gate tak­ings.

High­landers re­tained the cup this year af­ter over­com­ing Harare City 4-2 on penal­ties at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day. For their ef­forts, Bosso col­lected $12,000, while Harare City pock­eted $8,000.

This year’s tour­na­ment grossed $100,000 from the seven matches played.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of a din­ner or­gan­ised for the two teams and in­vited dig­ni­taries af­ter Sun­day’s fi­nal, ZNA Char­i­ties Sec­re­tar­iat Staff Of­fi­cer Grade One, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Fabian Chi­tungo said the army was hunt­ing for a part­ner to take over bankrolling of the event.

“We would want some­one to come and take to­tal own­er­ship of this event. We are con­vinced that the tour­na­ment presents a great mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­nity for the cor­po­rate world and we be­lieve we are go­ing to get the trust of the busi­ness com­mu­nity in this en­deav­our,” said Chi­tungo.

He ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the way the tour­na­ment has been run so far, saying they would be work­ing hand in hand with the Premier Soc­cer League to en­sure the tour­na­ment be­comes more ex­cit­ing in future. He also said they would pre­fer to have the tour­na­ment dur­ing pre-sea­son in future.

“Ide­ally we would be happy with the tour­na­ment tak­ing place dur­ing pre-sea­son un­like what hap­pened this year where we played our first matches in March and waited for a month to stage the fi­nal, it takes away the sparkle, but we un­der­stand that the PSL has a busy and tight sched­ule. We will en­gage them and try to reach a con­ver­gence,” said Chi­tungo.

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