The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Kasukuwere Hails BancABC

FOUNDER of the Bob Super Cup tournament, Stan Kasukuwere, has hailed BancABC for providing a specially-branded kit to be used by Dynamos when they take on Highlanders in this year's two-legged showdown set for this month.

The tournament, which has gone annual since its grand inception three years ago, is staged as part of celebrations to mark President Mugabe's birthday, with this year's edition scheduled to be officially launched at a fund-raising dinner in the capital on February 6.

President Mugabe, who was born on February 21, will be turning 89 and the encounter between DeMbare and Bosso has been dubbed Bob '89 Super Cup.

The tournament will be played over two legs with the first leg set for February 10 at Barbourfields and the second leg at Rufaro on February 24.

Kasukuwere said they were charmed by the support they have received from BancABC who are the principal sponsors for the Harare giants.

"BancABC are providing this kit for Dynamos and it's quite positive and unifying as this is the theme of the Bob Super Cup," said Kasukuwere.

"They agreed without much of a discussion to share the front of the jersey and this is the official jersey DeMbare will use in the Champions League this year.

"It has boosted our preparations for the dinner pencilled for the 6th of February at Crown Plaza."

The Harare businessman said football fans and sponsors should expect a bigger and better tournament this year.

"We want to assure our fans and sponsors that besides some hiccups, and difficulties in securing funding, this year's edition of the tournament will be the best ever.

"We appreciate BancABC and Goldtech and we also want to acknowledge Lobels and Chicken Slice who have provided the regalia and new trophy.

"We have a fund-raising dinner and after that we should be able to tell what we have in our pocket and we hope to make this tournament the biggest, befitting the stature of His Excellency," Kasukuwere said.

Kasukuwere said the tournament also provided a grand opportunity for Dynamos, who will battle it out with some of Africa's best clubs in the Champions League, to assess their players.

"We feel this is also important for the players, it's an advantage for them since they will be facing other big teams in the African safari.

"We want to urge the supporters to come in their thousands. We are going to create a carnival atmosphere with lots of entertainment," said Kasukuwere, a former DeMbare secretary-general.

Kasukuwere said they have put in place a team in Bulawayo that is working on the venues for the different activities that will be done towards the build-up of the first leg of the tourney at Barbourfields.

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