Dynamos strike deal with Innscor

Enock Muchinjo

DYNAMOS Football Club are today expected to unveil fast-foods giant Innscor as their new sponsor after agreeing a multi-billion-dollar deal.

Innscor, well-known for its Chicken Inn, Nando’s, Pizza Inn and Bakers Inn brands, will release

to the club funds for sign-on fees and other incentives for players.

Dynamos secretary-general Keith Guzah was non-committal on the name of the new bankroller, but confirmed the club had retained Savanna Tobacco as the major team sponsor.

“Tomorrow we will unveil the new sponsor who will add to our chief sponsor Savanna, who we are grateful to for showing faith in the club,” Guzah told IndependentSport yesterday.

The Innscor deal will be a shot in the arm for Dynamos, who have been deserted by almost all key players who were at the club last season.

The fallen Harare giants have lost captain Leo Kurauzvione and his fellow midfielders Mtshumayeli Moyo and Munyaradzi Mashiri to new club Shooting Stars.

Key striker Clive Mwale as well as Prince Mbara and Esau Amisi have also joined the promoted side alongside defenders Fidelis Mangezi, Trymore Mtisi and Tapfumanei Gweshe. Goalkeepers Philip Nhete and Matthew Wurayayi are now also at Shooting Stars.

However, Guzah tried to play down the massive player exodus, saying Dynamos had acquired more “exciting” players in addition to national team midfielder Ronald Sibanda and former Highlanders captain Dazzy Kapenya who joined last week.

Mtewa Masiku from Railstars and Amazulu’s Gift Zvavanhu are among the new players who have been training with Dynamos.

The new players will be unveiled at a function next Wednesday, Guzah said.

“People are talking about us having lost players, but in essence we have only lost four first-team players,” said Guzah. “Most of the players who have left are guys who were fighting against relegation for the whole of last season, and maybe if we had retained the same players we could have been fighting relegation again this year.

“To say we lost a team is a non-starter. We did not lose a team. These players did not win us the championship. Their contracts expired in December and we did not renew them.

“There is nothing special about the players who have left. We have brought new players who are eager to show their quality. We have championship material in our new look Dynamos.”

Dynamos has for years been rocked by internal squabbling and factionalism which nearly got the club relegated from the premier league last year.

Insiders at Dynamos said they feared intervention and growing interest by politicians in the club affairs might further divide the perennially troubled side. Ruling Zanu PF officials, including cabinet ministers, have in the past few months made public statements about Dynamos.

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