DeMbare, Bosso strategise in Vic Falls STRANGE BEDFELLOWS . . . This picture collage shows (on the left) Highlanders delegation and (on the right) part of the Dynamos delegation posing for group photographs yesterday at Victoria Falls Hotels where they are attending a three-day strategic workshop, sponsored by Sakunda Holdings, who fund the two Premiership football teams. The workshop is meant to unlock the value of the two clubs

Sports Reporter

SAKUNDA Holdings have said their mission is to try and change the way things have been done at Dynamos and Highlanders and transform the profile of the country’s two biggest football clubs. 

The energy giant are in a three-year marriage with the two clubs who are battling to find the formula which used to make them the dominant bulls in the kraal. 

The duo have watched, from their ringside seats, as a new generation of challengers, led by the wealthy platinum clubs — FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum — changed the domestic football landscape. 

The Zvishavane side have won the last three league championship races and replaced the Glamour Boys as the country’s regular representatives in the CAF Champions League. 

DeMbare have not won the league championship since 2014 when Callisto Pasuwa guided them to their fourth title, on the bounce. 

It’s the second longest dry spell for Dynamos, without being crowned champions, in the era of Independence.

Their longest barren run was the nine years they spent, without a league title, between 1998 and 2007. 

Bosso have not won the league championship in 15 years with their last success story being written in 2006 when they were under the guidance of Methembe Ndlovu. 

However, there is a wave of expectations, at the two giants, after they sealed a partnership with Sakunda Holdings, who came in as their principal sponsors. 

The company will take care of the clubs’ operating costs, including paying the salaries for their playing and coaching staff, and providing the teams with funds to secure new players. 

As part of their commitment, to try and transform the two clubs, the sponsors have organised a three-day strategic retreat, in Victoria Falls, for the two heavyweights. 

Players, coaches and their back room staff are attending the retreat where experts are covering a number of topics, which they feel will add value to the clubs. 

Tyrone Seward, the husband of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister, Kirsty Coventry, is one of the experts. 

Last year, Seward was appointed onto the leadership of the Global Esports Federation. 

Sakunda Holdings representative, Nqobile Magwizi, said their mission was to add value at Dynamos and Highlanders which will take the two giants to another level. 

“We are looking to try and transform Dynamos and Highlanders, to try and help you change the way they have been doing things,” he said. 

“Sport unites communities and being involved in Dynamos and Highlanders, as Sakunda, we are trying to create a new culture of excellence. 

“We are trying to lay a path that we can follow aggressively so that those who will come after us will say these men and women laid a path for them to follow.” 

He said they wanted to be powerful agents of positive change, during their association with the two giant clubs. 

The sponsors were empowering the leaders, the coaches and the players so that the giants will have a strong foundation on which to build a successful future.

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