The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: BancABC Eager to Continue With Highlanders Sponsorship

HIGHLANDERS' principal sponsors BancABC have given the biggest hint yet that they are eager to continue their relationship with the Bulawayo giants after revelations that the banking institution has plans to spruce up the clubhouse.

BancABC's two-year relationship with Highlanders ends on 31 December but the two parties are reported to have since started contract extension talks.

It is believed that Highlanders are pushing for a longer term sponsorship period which might be up to five years.

Speaking before the presentation of a BancABC branded kit for Highlanders' Under-19 side at the clubhouse on Saturday evening, senior bank executive, Desmond Ali said his organisation has noted with concern that the perimeter fence at the clubhouse needs attention.

"I have realised that the fence is in bad shape and I think we need to do something about it, maybe put up a security wall right round.

"We also need to rehabilitate the training fields so that the team trains here instead of wasting money hiring training facilities elsewhere and in future even their camping base should be here," said Ali to a round of applause from the Highlanders members and supporters who had thronged the place.

Among those who were in the crowd were former players Thamsanqa Vundla, Johannes Ngodzo, Chipo Tsodzo and Peter Nkomo.

Some former and present executive members Themba Ndlela, committee member Charles Moyo, secretary Andrew Tapela, chairman Peter Dube, treasurer Jerry Sibanda as well as board members, Elkanah Dube and Mgcini Nkolomi, who is the acting board chairman.

"As a bank we are not making it a secret that Highlanders' management systems are just marvellous, you need to give yourselves a round of applause. That is what corporates want, proper books of accounts and accountability and I think on that aspect, your club tops the list," said Ali.

Highlanders acting board chairman, Nkolomi welcomed the donation and said it would go a long way in motivating the youngsters.

"We really are indebted to BancABC, we value their donation so much," said Nkolomi.

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