INGWEBU Breweries — Bulawayo Municipal Commercial Undertaking (BMCU)’s beverages manufacturing unit — has pledged continued support for Bulawayo City Football Club in the event the team wins a ticket to play in the Premiership next year.
Bulawayo City FC, the Zifa Southern Region log leaders, are three matches away from being crowned the 2019 First Division champions provided the team wins all its remaining fixtures.
Second-placed Talen Vision trail by three points after the round of 26 matches played so far.
Last week Ingwebu Breweries donated $53 000 to the municipality-owned team, funds that the club used to pay outstanding winning bonuses and salaries to the players.
It was at the donation ceremony that the opaque beer makers assured Bulawayo City FC of continued support next year.
“We are excited as Ingwebu Breweries to be making this timely donation to a club that is the pride of the people of Bulawayo and it is our hope that as we go into the new year, we can do much better and continue supporting the team.
“As difficult as things may be (the economic situation) I want to assure the club that as we do our budget for 2020, we will make a provision for the team and of course I will have to take the issue with the Ingwebu Breweries board but I have no doubt that they will back us,” said Ingwebu Breweries managing director Dumisani Mhlanga.
Mhlanga said it was important for Bulawayo City FC to continue posting good results in the remainder of the fixtures and Ingwebu Breweries would take care of the financial side.
“On the business side it’s important that Ingwebu Breweries continues to make a profit and we will definitely continue supporting the team going forward,” he said.
Bulawayo City FC chairman Jerry Sibanda said the $53 000 donation had come at a perfect time when players’ morale was at its lowest.
“I remember before we travelled to Hwange for an away match, the players threatened to boycott the game over unpaid wages and it took the intervention of our respected executive member Ernest Maphepha Sibanda to convince the boys to go and play while we sorted out their grievances.
“We used all that money to clear all the unpaid wages and winning bonuses that we owed the players and I’m happy to say that all our boys are now focusing on the task at hand, which is winning the league title,” said Sibanda.