Mobile network operator(MNO)NetOne, last night unveiled a $1 million sponsorship package for the country’s three biggest football teams – Dynamos, Caps United and Highlanders as part of its partneship deal .
The sponsorship package which was unveiled at Zimbali in Harare saw each team walking away with a total sum of $350 000 towards their operations and other related expenses for the upcoming season.
NetOne acting chief executive officer Brian Mutandiro, in his speech, expressed satisfaction that Netone’s financial support will boost the standards of football in the country.
“After ensuring that our beloved Warriors participated at the continental showcase, the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon last year, by pouring in $250 000, the people’s favourite network is back again, channelling over $1 million to these three heavyweights of Zimbabwean football,” he said.
“Let me hasten to say, we as NetOne envisage this partnership to be a win-win situation, as we anticipate clubs to play their respective parts in promoting our brand and endearing it to their multitudes of supporters. Various initiatives will be rolled out the entire year, as we seek to make the partnership sustainable.
What it means is that clubs benefiting from our sponsorship have a major role to play for this partnership to be a success. As a business, our objective is for the clubs to be able to encourage their supporters to use more of the numerous NetOne packages available, to sustain the sponsorship going forward,”said Mutandiro
NetOne has over the years come to the aid of these teams both at National and International level.
Mutandiro challenged other network providers to promote the game of football.
“If we could join hands as a nation and play our part diligently, we see no reason why our soccer players cannot earn decent livelihoods and better prepare them for national duties. As NetOne, we dream of that day when the Warriors will form part of the cast at the World Cup,” he said .
The sponsorship will come as a relief to the three teams, which have been struggling not only to pay their players’ salaries, but to stay afloat.
NetOne is following in the footsteps of other network providers around Africa like Vodacom and Orange.