The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Dembare, Bosso Get Prize Money

ORGANISERS of the highly successful Bob 89 Super Cup wrapped up business for this year's competition yesterday when they handed over the prize money to winners Dynamos and runners up Highlanders, paving the way for the two clubs to reward their players.

A transfer of a whooping US$110 000 was made into the Dynamos account with BancABC while US$70 000 was deposited into a BancABC account name of one J. Sibanda, who is said to be a Highlanders representative.

The tournament now in its third edition is played in February as part of celebrations to mark President Robert Mugabe's birthday, which falls on February 21.

With organising committee chairman Stan Kasukuwere and his crew having managed to up the stakes, the competition has grown to become the biggest paying in terms of its cheque payout to the winners.

Under Kasukuwere's stewardship the organisers have with each passing years managed to source for sponsorship and increased the package, which started at US$45 000 for the inaugural tournament, which was also won by Dynamos following their 2-1 victory over CAPS United.

Last year FC Platinum walked away US$65 000 richer after beating Hwange in the final.

DeMbare were back on the winners' podium at Rufaro last Sunday when they registered the biggest win in the short history of the tournament with their crushing 4-0 victory over Highlanders that sealed a 6-1 aggregate triumph.

Players from both teams on Monday had a chance to meet with President Mugabe at State House where the Head of State urged clubs to reward the players while he also encouraged the players to invest their earnings wisely "and make hay while the sun shines".

Now that the clubs have received their money they are expected to share part of it with the players and avert a fall-out.

Dynamos vice-chairman Webster Chikengezha said they would not reveal the percentage they are going to give to their players.

"As a matter of policy we will not be disclosing to the media what our players would be getting. Everyone knew before playing what they would be getting but it is not for public consumption said Chikengezha.

It however, emerged that the club's executive had decided to give the players US$40 000 to share for winning the cup.

Kasukuwere said it was his wish to see the competition continue to grow adding that next year's edition should be bigger and better.

"Funds permitting which is promising, we would want to have more teams featuring in the prestigious cup.

"The tournament is growing bigger and better and is actually rebranding itself. Even the level of competition this year compared to last year was much better".

After the bank transfers had been done, Kasukuwere presented copies of the deposit slips to Dynamos acting treasurer Webster Marechera and Highlanders representative Onet Mafufu Sibanda.

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