State-owned mobile network operator, NetOne today injected a RTGS$170 000 sponsorship to Zimbabwe National Army side Black Rhinos Football Club ahead of the new soccer season.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony held at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks today, NetOne Chief Executive Officer, Lazarus Muchenje said the support looks to motivate players and in turn develop a more competitive local premier league.
“For our local premiership to be highly competitive corporates should come on board with sponsorship packages. These motivate players hence, NetOne’s gesture,” he said.
Muchenje also highlighted that as a way of encouraging the team and individual brilliance RTGS$50 000 from the total amount will go towards incentivising goal scorers, winning bonuses among other positive showcases.
“To ensure that the team is driven to perform better than last season, we have added on some sweeteners to the package. These are meant to incentivise individual players and the technical team if they achieve certain targets. RTGS$ 50 000 from the total amount will go towards this.
“The remainder will be channelled towards kitting the team and ensuring that they fulfill their mandate,” said Muchenje.
Last season NetOne partnered Black Rhinos halfway into the season with an $80,000 sponsorship, and the team finished in seventh position.
Chauya Chipembere as the team is affectionately known will host Bulawayo giants Highlanders in their league opener tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Premier Soccer League roared into life this afternoon with Harare City hosting champions FC Platinum at Rufaro stadium.