Africa Trust FC dis­bands?

The Manica Post - - Foreign/Sport - Fun­gayi Mun­y­oro Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

ZIFA Eastern Re­gion Divi­sion One out­fit, The Africa Trust Foot­ball Club has dis­banded, Post Sport has learnt.

Africa Trust was owned by youth­ful busi­ness­man, Love­more Mandimut­sira, who bankrolled the club through his bore­hole drilling con­cern – Zim­babwe Africa Trust.

Sources on Wed­nes­day told this pub­li­ca­tion that the club ex­ec­u­tive met with con­tracted play­ers at the end of last sea­son and ad­vised them to look for other clubs.

“He told the play­ers to move on. I don’t see any chances that the club might bounce back.

“He in­di­cated that he was also let down by some ref­er­ees who failed to han­dle matches pro­fes­sion­ally. He said ref­er­ees were bi­ased, yet he was pump­ing out a lot of money out of pas­sion. He said he would rather in­vest his money into other busi­ness ven­tures than in foot­ball,” said the source. The Wat­somba-based out­fit was pro­moted into the more com­pet­i­tive Eastern Re­gion Divi­sion One af­ter win­ning the 2015 Man­i­ca­land Divi­sion Two League ti­tle.

The club’s man­ager, Owen Sango, could not di­vulge more over the de­vel­op­ment and said that they would have a meet­ing to map the way for­ward.

“I can­not say much on what you are say­ing. We will have a meet­ing and map the way for­ward,” he said.

Club owner, Love­more Mandimut­sira, dis­missed the de­vel­op­ment and said the sea­son was yet to start.

“Why are you ask­ing me about this as if the soc­cer sea­son has started? No one knows my plans at the mo­ment. Come back to me when the soc­cer sea­son starts,” said Mandimut­sira.

Play­ers who spoke to Post Sport said they were told to look for other clubs.

“We were told that we will not play foot­ball this year and we were also told to look for other clubs to play for. I am in the process of se­cur­ing a deal else­where,” said a player.

An­other player said: “It was un­for­tu­nate that we will not play as The Africa Trust, but we have to move on, though I have not found a club as yet.”

ZIFA Eastern Re­gion sec­re­tary gen­eral, Wis­dom Simba, said they were yet to re­ceive of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion from The Africa Trust.

“We are not sure about it. We are just hear­ing ru­mours. We have not re­ceived any of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion from The Africa Trust,” he said.

The Africa Trust Foot­ball Club had over the years played a key role of pro­vid­ing sport­ing en­ter­tain­ment to the Wat­somba com­mu­nity in Mu­tasa District and the ex­ter­nal publics.

The tech­ni­cal depart­ment was led by head coach, Leonard Jombe who was as­sisted by John Mandimut­sira, while Owen Sango was the team man­ager.

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