The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: PSL Super Fans Get Ready for Afcon Final Match

THE two 2012 Castle Lager Premiership super fans - Taurai Chamisa and Beaulah Gadza - are expected to leave the country for South Africa next weekend ahead of the African Cup of Nations soccer final set for Febryary 10 in Johannesburg.

Chamisa and Gadza won the super fan promotion launched last year in April to earn their tickets to watch the 2013 Nations Cup final in Johannesburg.

The promotion saw fans from the 16 local Premiership clubs taking part in the promotion and Chamisa and Gadza came out tops after the voting process.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the fans at their Southerton plant, Delta Beverages marketing manager, Patricia Murambinda, said besides watching the final match, the two will have an opportunity to tour some of the stadiums where the 2013 Nations Cup games are being played and meet fellow super fans from other countries, which were also running the same promotion.

The two fans will be accompanied by Delta officials.

"We launched the super fan promotion in April where we were calling all the 16 clubs' fans to come and support their teams in their regalia.

"We got 284 entries in the initial stage and trimmed them to six.

"We put them to the public to vote for who will go to South Africa and meet other super fans from other countries. This promotion was actually being run in other countries, we have got Zambia, Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana. After the votes these two came out tops.

"They are leaving on Saturday, February 9, and will be taken on a tour of some of the stadiums where some of the games are actually happening," said Murambinda.

Murambinda said the promotion will continue this year with a different prize.

The two fans expressed their joy with FC Platinum's Chamisa saying it is an honour to represent Zimbabwe at such an event.

"It's an important thing to represent Zimbabwe in such an event.

"What made me happy was the selection process, it was fair. I wish this sponsorship continues.

"To be a super fan, one has to be disciplined and as fans we should be disciplined. For those that failed to win the chance is still there," said Chamisa.

Gadza said her passion for CAPS United has paid off at last, having supported the team since her childhood.

"I am excited and I want to thank the sponsors and those that voted for us. I started supporting CAPS United when I was eight-years-old in 1998. It was my first time to go to the National Sports stadium and they were playing Dynamos.

"I just liked the fact that the people (who support CAPS United) are not violent and they are smart," said Gadza.

PSL board member marketing, Eric Rosen, thanked the sponsors and said the two fans deserved to win because of their love and passion for the sport.

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