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Zimbabwe/South Africa: Sundowns Offer R200 000

The Herald (Harare)

Robson Sharuko

12 January 2012

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS have offered Harare giants Dynamos and CAPS United R100 000 each to cover the costs of taking part in a proposed four-team tournament set for the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on January 29.

The South African Premier Soccer League have agreed in principle for the trans-Limpopo football festival to be held that day and are now waiting for confirmation from the Harare clubs for them to approach Safa for the greenlight for the tournament to go ahead.

While the initial proposal was for tournament to involve Dynamos, CAPS United, Sundowns and Black Leopards, the latest communication from South Africa indicate that the Leopards could be replaced by another Super Diski side.

It’s now likely that Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs could be drafted into the tournament.

Sundowns’ general manager, Kenneth Makhanya, yesterday advised Dynamos chairman, Kenny Mubaiwa, and CAPS United vice-president, Farai Jere, that his club was offering a R100 000 cash package, to each of the Zimbabwean teams, to cover the costs of playing in the one-day tournament.

There will be no prize money for winning the tournament although Sundowns have successfully negotiated with SuperSport for all the matches at the tournament to be beamed live on one of the channels of the pay-per-view television network.

“Thank you for your patience regarding this matter. The delay has been due to our having to discuss this matter with our Premier Soccer League in view of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations,” wrote Makhanya.

“Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club hereby invite CAPS United FC and Dynamos FC for a 4-team friendly match on 29 January 2012 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

“We are in discussion with some PSL clubs to also participate and we are waiting (for) a response from them.

“The PSL has in principle agreed to (stage) these matches but needs us to furnish (them with) official acceptance letters from the participating clubs, official permission from Zifa for CAPS United and Dynamos to participate.

“These (letters) would then enable the PSL to approach Safa for its permission. We humbly request the two clubs request this letter from Zifa and send it to us as soon as possible.”

Makhanya said although there was no prize money, there were exploring certain commercial aspects that could be derived from staging such a football festival and should there be further proceeds from such ventures, they would shared among all the four participating clubs.

“Sundowns proposes to pay R100 000 to each club to cover all its expenses in these matches,” wrote Makhanya.

“If any other partners come aboard then all clubs will be able to benefit from their participation.

“There is no prize money at stake and this is to assist clubs get their players into top condition for the league competitions when it resumes at the end of the Afcon.

“Sundowns is also in discussions with the Polokwane Municipality regarding further collaboration and assistance to make these friendlies happen.

“SuperSport (will) broadcast the matches live.”

Jere had on Monday written to Makhanya wanting feedback on the progress made in staging the tourney.

“I spoke to the Dynamos chairman, Mr Kenny Mubaiwa, on the above issue as per our telephone conversation,” wrote Jere.

“He is so excited about the tournament.

Could you please clarify the following issues for the benefit of all parties:

  • How much are the appearance fees or club participating fees?
  • How much are the daily allowances for players and the technical staff?
  • What are the transport arrangements for both Dynamos and CAPS United FC?
  • What is the number of the allowed delegation. We propose a delegation of 30 people, i.e. 18 players, seven technical staff and five officials.
  • What is the prize money at stake?”

Yesterday Jere said they will discuss with their Dynamos counterparts to find the best possible ways of minimising the costs of traveling to Polokwane.

“One of the initiatives is to use one big luxury bus, for both teams, so that we cut the costs of transport and we will be talking to our brothers from Dynamos about that,” said Jere.

“But as CAPS United we have to say that we are excited about this project and we hope to make our impression there and leave a mark.”

Dynamos chairman, Mubaiwa, said he still needed time to discuss a number of issues, related to the tournament, with his executive.

“I have just received their email on their proposal to pay us R100 000 to cover our expenses and I have to sit down with my colleagues on the executive to look at our costs and see if we will not plunge into debt before we make a final commitment,” said Mubaiwa.

“We need to check the cost of accommodation and the cost of transport, players’ allowances etc, and see if that can all be covered in the R100 000 that is being offered.

“We should be in a position to give the organisers our position either tomorrow (today) or on Saturday.”

For the Glamour Boys, the tournament will certainly provide a big boost for their preparations for the Champions League while CAPS United, who have brought in a number of players, could also use the occasion as part of the process of fusing them into their style of football.

Darryl Nyandoro and Chris Semakwere, who were playing in the DRC for TP Mazembe, are the high-profile signings by the Green Machine who are also set to have a new coach this year with Northern Irishman, Sean Connor, set to take charge.

Sundowns are home to Zimbabwean internationals – Method Mwanjali, Nyasha Mushekwi, Lionel Mtizwa, Esrom Nyandoro and highly-rated young striker Simba Sithole, who was signed by the Pretoria club earlier this year.

Zimbabwean coach Ian Gorowa was in charge of Sundowns, for much of the second half of last season in a caretaker role, and is now working as the club’s chief scout.

The Brazilians lead the race for the South African championship, which took a lengthy break just before Christmas, and will only resume next month after the 2012 Nations Cup finals is over.

Should Chiefs be invited for the tourney, it will certainly turn into a festival for Zimbabwean players as the Amakhosi have Tinashe Nengomasha, Thomas Sweswe, Zhaimu Jambo, Willard Katsande, Lincoln Zvasiya and Abbas Amidu on their books.

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