Launch of Man­ica Di­a­mond FC com­mend­able

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NEWS that there is a new foot­ball club in the name of Man­ica Di­a­monds FC based in Mutare came as a sur­prise to many, much as it was mu­sic in the ears of mul­ti­tudes of soc­cer crazy peo­ple of Mutare and Man­i­ca­land at large.

Since the dis­cov­ery of the pre­cious gems in Chi­adzwa and the sub­se­quent set­ting up of or­gan­ised ex­trac­tion of the min­eral re­source, calls for the need to plough back to the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity be­came an an­them.

While piece­meal do­na­tions have been done in the past tar­get­ing var­i­ous sec­tors of the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity rang­ing from ed­u­ca­tion, wel­fare to health, sport and foot­ball in par­tic­u­lar has been cry­ing out for help from pro­ceeds from Marange.

A spon­sor­ship pack­age for a once off foot­ball tour­na­ment that came with the now de­funct Mbada Di­a­monds was the least the foot­ball fol­low­ers in Man­i­ca­land had ever ex­pected.

Apart from not be­ing able to ben­e­fit the spon­sor in terms of pub­lic­ity and mileage given that the tour­na­ment used to run just for a month or two, com­mon sense dic­tated it was much bet­ter to in­vest the same en­ergy and re­sources in spon­sor­ing a truly Mutare based foot­ball club that would wave the pro­vin­cial flag and that of the spon­sor for the en­tire sea­son.

This is what the Zim­babwe Con­sol­i­dated Di­a­mond Min­ing Com­pany has just done and the onus is on all pro­gres­sive peo­ple of Mutare in par­tic­u­lar and Man­i­ca­land at large to sup­port this new project.

Mutare foot­ball fol­low­ers can­not ask for any­thing more from this State owned di­a­mond min­ing com­pany given that this is a team that is set to help pro­mote lo­cal foot­ball tal­ent as well as rep­re­sent the hopes and as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple of Man­i­ca­land through sport.

Else­where in this news­pa­per we carry a story of how foot­ball play­ers from all cor­ners of the coun­try are flock­ing the club’s trails and this is am­ple ev­i­dence of the promi­nence and em­i­nence that this team will add to the good name of the city and the province.

What now needs to be done is for us all in Mutare and Man­i­ca­land to sup­port this ini­tia­tive es­pe­cially those that have been in foot­ball for some time.

Com­mend­ably, the club has em­braced lo­cals from the play­ing field to the tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive set up.

Even those tried and tested ad­min­is­tra­tors that have been work­ing tire­lessly for lo­cal fi­nan­cially poor clubs must not think twice if of­fered a chance to join the new club.

We need no rocket sci­en­tist to come tell us that the club is ours and it needs a true Man­i­ca­land face no wonder some so­cial me­dia groups are al­ready de­bat­ing on pos­si­ble nick­names for the club with some sug­gest­ing names such as Ngoda Nema­gi­razi, 16 Carats, Ngoda Boys, Mag­weja and so on.

This is some­thing that we have been cry­ing for as a province and now that it has come to fruition in our time, his­tory will judge us harshly if we do not do the right thing by join­ing forces with who­ever is al­ready there to see to it that the club pros­pers.

In the same breadth, we sin­cerely thank the man­age­ment at Zim­babwe Con­sol­i­dated Di­a­mond Min­ing Com­pany for plough­ing back into the com­mu­nity they op­er­ate in.

While we ac­knowl­edge the need to have our own play­ers play­ing for the team we are also mind­ful of the need to have play­ers and coaches from other re­gions to come in to strengthen the club.

Af­ter all, that is the trend all over the world other­wise we would not have Chris­tiano Ron­aldo ply­ing his trade in Spain or even our own War­riors cap­tain Knowl­edge Mu­sona in Europe.

It is against this back­ground that we want to wish Man­ica Di­a­monds suc­cess in the Eastern Re­gion Divi­sion One sea­son of 2018 and ever af­ter.

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