Zimbabwe Pins Hope On Barcelona Returns

Sports Reporter

Harare, August 30, 2013 – Zimbabwean football is set to benefit from the partnership between
four time European Champions League winners Barcelona and Premier
Soccer League sponsors Castle Lager which will see Barcelona coaches
coming to Zimbabwe to hold coaching clinics.

The clinics will not be restricted to Premier Soccer League clubs only
but will also be extended to other lower league coaches depending on
the way the authorities in Zimbabwean football organize themselves.

On top of that, Delta also revealed that they will also send
Zimbabwean football supporters to the city of Barcelona to watch the
Spanish giants in action but on condition that the recipients win
competitions that Castle Lager are setting up.

Delta made it clear that the coaches coming to Zimbabwe might include
the manager of Barcelona Football Club Gerardo Martino and his
backroom staff that is Known throughout the world.

However, the Premier Soccer League sponsors were quick to point out
that people should not expect an immediate tour of Barcelona to
Zimbabwe for this required time and more negotiations.

The agreement between Barcelona, Castle Lager and its 11 other African
countries does not involve the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League hence
the benefits to the Zimbabwean football fraternity is out of Castle
Lager’s choice.

Delta marketing director Maxen Karombo told the gathering that
Zimbabwean football should benefit from the agreement just like the
other 11 African countries involved but added that it was up to the
Zimbabwean football family itself to see that things went their way.

Karombo said in as much as Castle Lager wanted to assist local
football more, the problem was the disorganization in Zimbabwean
football which left sponsors with no choice but not get involved.

Karombo said Castle Lager was there as partners for other sponsors
adding that since their involvement in football, many other sponsors,
among them Mbada Diamonds, Banc ABC and NetOne have come into

“As the league’s sponsors, we are there as facilitators to have more
people coming into football. When we came in, there was no sponsor for
the PSL. But now, there are many of them. People should ne thanking
Delta instead of criticizing,’ said Karombo.

Castle Lager also sponsor the selection of the Soccer Star of the
Year, and have been doing that since 1969.