By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Petroleum company Sakunda Holdings Tuesday evening officially sealed a three-year record sponsorship deal with the country’s two biggest clubs Dynamos and Highlanders FC.
The package finally came to light days after a series of perpetuated rumours pertaining the deal, leading to a premature rife within the Bosso supporters.
The divided family saw some applauding the club’s executive for securing the deal at a dire situation, while others criticised it saying it’s a Zanu PF orientated move meant to lure supporters to vote for the ruling party in the upcoming elections.
They reportedly dismiss the owner of Sakunda Holdings Kudakwashe Tagwirei pointing out that him and his money are dirty.
Albeit, Sakunda went on to announce and confirm the deal in a press statement dated 14 September, 2021, which was signed by the company’s board.
“Sakunda Holdings is pleased to announce its partnership deal with two biggest clubs in the country. Dynamos and Highlanders,” reads part of the statement.
The sponsorship deal will see each team walking away with a tune of USD$ 890 000 annually, for the next three seasons, though all the money will be paid in local currency equivalent.
Sakunda also revealed that in those three years, both clubs will be get a financial support of upto USD 5,3 million in total.
The whooping package will account for salaries, allowances, sign-on fees together with other operational and administrative costs.
“Sakunda Holdings is committing to pay each club USD 890 000 (To be paid in ZWL equivalent) annually for the next three years.
“This means for the next three years, Sakunda Holding will give financial assistance to the two clubs to the tune of USD 5,3 million,” further reads the statement.
Furthermore, Tagwire’s energy company also promised to pay some annual performance-based bonuses.
Though the motivational bonuses come along with certain conditions that is to win the league title and qualify for the CAF Champions League.
Meanwhile, the mouth-watering deal comes at a time when both Bosso and Dembare are reportedly facing financial constrains at the moment.
The former has allegedly failed to pay its players’ salaries since May.
Captain Ariel Sibanda and Nqobizitha Masuku have at one moment threatened to quit the club.
But thanks to Sakunda Holdings financial deal because both players together with their teammate Peter Muduhwa were notably present at the unveiling.
Apart from the financial support, the deal grants Sakunda permission to brand the front centre part of the two teams’ kits both for players and technical staff.