Sponsorship Boost For Football

This is $50 000 more than what the company poured into last season’s competition which coincidentally will this year be contested by the same teams as last year, Dynamos and Motor Action.

NetOne Chief Executive Officer Reward Kangai revealed that the winning team will take home $50 000 with the runners up getting $25 000 while the rest will go towards ensuring the successful staging of the match.

The man of the match, the only individual award on offer will receive $500.

The match has been moved to the National Sports Stadium instead of Rufaro as both the sponsors and the PSL are anticipating a huge crowd in the first official match of the soccer programme.

The charity shield pits the winners of the Castle Lager Premiership title and victors in the Mbada Diamonds Cup. Ironically, Dynamos won both competitions and Motor Action has been roped in after losing to De Mbare in the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

Last year, the two teams played a two-all draw in the final but De Mbare prevailed 4-2 on post match penalties.

Kangai said this year, they have lined up about 10 charitable organisations drawn from all the four corners of the country to benefit from the proceeds of the NetOne Charity Shield.

Premier Soccer League Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Ndebele said although there have been complaints over referees, the NetOne Charity Shield will be handled by local referees.

Last season, referees from abroad were asked to come and handle the Mbada Diamonds Cup final following widespread criticism that local referees were being paid to swing matches in favour of certain clubs.

Dynamos will be using the match to prepare for their Caf Champions League first round match against Maculmane of Mozambique set for March 24.