Mobile phone network service provider NetOne has moved to mend relations with Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions Dynamos ahead of this year’s edition of the NetOne Charity Shield in which the Harare giants are likely to feature.
Report by Staff Writer
The two parties fell out over the placing of the sponsors’ logo on the teams’ kit resulting in NetOne withholding DeMbare’s prize money after it beat Motor Action in the final.
The organisers have changed the format of this year’s tournament with the four teams participating being chosen by the fans through a voting system.
DeMbare are almost certain to win one of the slots as is Highlanders and Caps United, but it would be interesting to see which other team would grab the fourth slot.
NetOne managing director Reward Kangai announced at a function held to disburse proceeds from last year’s event to selected charities that Dynamos would get its reward for participating in last year’s tournament.
“We would like to thank Dynamos for participating in last year’s event despite the challenges we faced,” said Kangai. “The players and technical team will be given a token of appreciation.”
However, Kangai did not specify if DeMbare would get its full share of the US$50 000 prize money which was withheld last year following the kit dispute.
NetOne handed out about US$50 000 to various charity organisations.
Sources said NetOne was looking at giving the players and technical team the money directly, which is likely to trigger problems with the club’s executive and board.
Premier Soccer League chairman Twine Phiri hinted in his speech that Dynamos would get a reward but was not specific about the nature of the prize.
It seems the misunderstanding between Dynamos’ sponsors BancABC and Charity Shield sponsors NetOne, which almost forced the abandonment of the event last year, is yet to be resolved.