Central Region in US$25 000 sponsorship deal

Norman Dururu

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GWERU — The ZIFA Central Region Soccer League has entered into a three-year annual partnership
with a local company Ruvimbo Funeral Assurance Services.
Central Soccer League acting chairperson Thomas Marambanyika said the sponsorship package is
worth US$25 000 per year and will run up to 2025 with an option to renew.
Marambanyika said the coming on board of the sponsor will enhance competitiveness in the region
as teams have something to play for.
The sponsorship, which will cushion some expenses incurred by the teams is also a nod for the
region’s administration.

“This sponsorship demonstrates how as a region are we able to attract sponsors as a brand through
our good corporate governance, and our desire to see football development happening.
“Competitive teams are also likely to be attracted into the league where there is sponsorship,” he
said.
Marambanyika said it was important to contribute towards the development imperatives like trying
to fight drug abuse as there is going to be more youths participating in the region.
“The sponsorship is a welcome development and we are currently engaging other sponsors who we
hope by the time we kick off or before the end of the season, one or two would have come on board
to sponsor league cup games.
“It (sponsorship) shows that our brand Central Region Soccer League is appreciated and there are
friends who are willing to partner us in our endeavour to continually develop football in the
country,” he said.
Speaking during the unveiling of the sponsorship in Gweru, Ruvimbo Funeral Assurance chief
executive officer Edward Gomba said the financial support was meant to cushion the CRSL in its
operations.
We settled for the Central Region Soccer League for a reason. The region falls at the heart of the
country and its a good launch pad for us to reach out to all the parts of the country, Gomba said.
We are a company that is looking at spreading our tentacles across the country and the Central
Region Soccer League affords us that stepping stone. We are also looking ahead towards sponsoring
other sporting codes besides football.”
Mambanyika said league winners will walk away with US$7 000, while the first runner up will receive
US$3 000 and the second runner US$1 000. The remaining teams will each get US$500.
The most disciplined team will get US$550, with prize money for outstanding players, referee and
coach.
The best 11 players in the league will also be honoured.

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