22 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Dynamos Supporters Focussed

THE Dynamos Football Club Supporters Association says it is turning into a model group that is helping to drive the brand of their team forward.

Led by its national president, Philemon Bonde, DFCSA has transformed itself into a vibrant group and says it wants to do even more this season. Yesterday, the group spelt out its vision to The Herald.

"In an effort to come up with a sound and vibrant Dynamos Football Club Supporters Association, the DFCSA leadership decided, in 2009, to formalise and organise our structures countrywide," the group said.

"Firstly, we came with one DFCSA national constitution draft which we circulated countrywide using the supporters' own resources.

"The constitution, which now guides the operation of official supporters' activities countrywide, was finally adopted in March 2010.

"We also came up with a strategic plan, for the activities of supporters for the next three years, including the nationwide membership drive and to implement this we came up with a new supporters' structure where we now have the national committee and chapter committees.

"The national committee supervises chapters and is comprised of the president, national secretary, national treasurer and organising secretary with all chapter chairpersons sitting as committee members."

The DFCSA said they have helped to educate the Glamour Boys' fans to shun violence.

"Experience has shown us that in the past, Dynamos FC supporters were involved in a number of violent disturbances and the club always ended up being fined heavily," DFCSA said.

"We drew some hard lessons and our assignment was to address this within our constituency countrywide.

"From 2009, we are glad to report back that Dynamos fans have been an exemplary lot, in terms of behaviour, and this is because of the solid structures that we now have and the conduct of our members has been exemplary.

"When was the last time we had a situation where a DeMbare game was abandoned because of crowd trouble or where opposition supporters were attacked after a match at Rufaro?

"It's testimony of what we have put into educating our members who now know the value of behaving well, in good and bad times for our team."

The supporters' group also revealed that they have been striking some sponsorship deals that have been benefiting the team and some of its former players who have fallen on hard times.

"In 2009, we struck a sponsorship deal with ZLG who provide five crates of mineral water to the team every game, whether it's home or away," said DFCSA.

"We also got sponsorship from Savanna Tobacco, which sadly was not well received by some of the members of our board, but we are glad that we managed to give funds to some of our yesteryear players, from the legend George Shaya to Henry Chari, so that those who have fallen on hard times can also be relieved.

"As fans, we know our heroes and we feel it is not right to forget the players once they leave Dynamos and it's even worse when those players were injured in the line of duty, like Pearson Matare and Samson Choruwa, and we have had to help them.

"We gave them US$1 000 each and, for a start, we believe we did something that was great and we hope to do even more this year."

The DFCSA has also been active in organising transport for fans to travel to home and away matches.

"We know the importance of the 12th man and we have been sourcing transport for the fans, through a deal we struck with Savanna Tobacco, and we now have free transport for our supporters to travel to home and away matches," the group said.

"As leaders we feel proud that we are doing our part in contributing to the success of our team because without the fans, especially the way they backed the club last season, the championship would not have been won in that tight race.

"Last year, we had an average of five busses travelling to our away matches, full of supporters and that makes a big difference.

"Our dream is to see a very successful Dynamos in Zimbabwe and Africa and we feel that, as supporters, we have a huge role to play in that.

"We have also engaged in a number of community projects and started with a clean up campaign in Glen View, Budiriro, Harare Hospital and Chitungwiza and we are have been donating cleaning equipment for the last six months at Chitungwiza Hospital.

"We have also donated football kit and match balls to Nyamuzuwe Secondary School in Murewa."

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