Zimbabwe Digital News
Go Warriors has taken deeper meaning for Zororo Phumulani after the company pledged R15 000 for every goal that the Zimbabwe Warriors will score at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Zimbabwe and Egypt will play the opening match of the tournament at the 80 000-seater Cairo Stadium on Friday, in a tough Group A which also includes seasoned campaigners Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda
The top two teams are guaranteed passage to the knockout stages, while there is a window for third-place finishers depending on outcomes in other groups in the 24-team tournament.
Sponsorship for the Zimbabwe Warriors reached fever pitch this week as newspapers made headlines of reports that President Mnangagwa auctioned off his trademark scarf for RTGS251 000 to a Harare businessman, as organisers had set a target of US$500 000 for the Warriors welfare and bonuses in Egypt.
The Zimbabwe Warriors are already in Egypt for their fourth participation at Africa’s biggest football showcase the fundraising is set to cushion the football team’s allowances and related expenses.
Team spirit is palpable for the Zimbabweans, and there is an air of expectation that Zimbabwe may do well after having performed below par in previous competition editions.
“As Warriors venture into the deserts of Egypt and represent our country before the eyes of the world and our people in the diaspora, I exhort the nation at large to rally behind them by generously donating to their welfare,” guest of honour at the fundraising dinner, President Mnangagwa said.
The Warriors were the first African team in camp for next week’s football showcase.
Apart from the government donation to the Warriors, other donors included Fossil’s RTGS$500 000, TINMAC Transport’s RTGS$200 000, Mimosa Trading RTGS$200 000,
Zororo Phumulani said that as part efforts to motivate the Warriors, the company would pay R15 000 for every goal scored by the Warriors, and this was purely for motivational purposes and football reasons.
“We know from previous experiences that conflicts sometimes happen in camp as a result of lack of sponsorship, and this affects team performances.
“If Zimbabwe score ten goals at the tournament, that will mean R150 000 for the team from our side. Who knows, maybe we can even win the tournament this time,” Zororo Phumulani CEO, Edwin Anderson said.
The R15 000 per goal pledge falls within the Zororo Phumulani corporate social investment programme, and follows in the company’s CSI which has seen computers and schools equipment, community events and sports involvement alongside the core business of bringing affordable funeral services and dialogues among Zimbabweans in the diaspora.
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