Dynamos as the winners of the Mbada Diamonds Cup were supposed to have been the beneficiaries of the funding but the club turned down the offer preferring to play in the more prestigious Caf Champions League, leaving the sponsors with another option.
The company will now sponsor the Mighty Bulls’ expenses in the competition where the colourful Harare club has been drawn to face modest South African club Black Leopards in the preliminary round.
Although Mbada Diamonds spokesperson George Manyaya could not be reached to shed light on this development, Motor Action’s Chief of Protocol, Simioni Jamanda, who is also the club’s spokesperson said the company has committed itself to sponsoring the Mighty Bulls and Motor Action have already devised their plans on that premise.
Although Dynamos went on to win the league championship and the Mbada Diamonds Cup, on paper, Motor Action, were probably the most consistent team, winning the Banc ABC Sup8r, reached the final of the Mbada Diamons Cup, and finished third in the league title race, an achievement which Jamanda strongly feels should have given their coach Joey Antipas the Castle Coach of the Year Award, instead of Hwange’s Tennant Chilumba whose team only managed a fourth finish in the title race.
This is the second time that the Mighty Bulls will be representing Zimbabwe in Pan African football. As 2010 Zimbabwe champions, Motor Action played in the Caf Champions League but were eliminated in the first round on post match penalties by ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast.
Jamanda says, they hope to do better this year as inexperience and inadequate financial resources greatly affected them in their previous campaign.
The Zimbabweans will take comfort in the fact that they are starting off against a Black Leopards side that is struggling to hold its own in the Absa Premiership.
Leopards, which have parted with their Zimbabwean coach Sunday Chidzambwa are second from the bottom in the 20 team assembly with only 10 points from 13 games and lead bottom placed Jomo Cosmos by only three points.