DYNAMOS have a healthy relationship with their principal sponsor — Rudland and George, a subsidiary of Gold Leaf Tobacco — and the two parties will not be ending their relationship anytime soon, a DeMbare high ranking official has said.
Social media has been awash with “news” that the cigarette manufacturer, otherwise known as RG, was on the brink of terminating its relationship with the Harare giants.
Unnamed “sources” claimed the company wasn’t happy throwing in money into the Dynamos coffers for over a year-and-a-half when no football was played in the country as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic whose first case in Zimbabwe was detected in early 2020.
A five-year deal was signed in 2019.
Dynamos chairman Isiah Mupfurutsa said Gold Leaf Tobacco had no intention of dumping the DeMbare brand.
“We have a very healthy relationship with our sponsors and despite the lack of football for the whole of last year, they (Gold Leaf Tobacco) are happy with the partnership and so are we.
“The sponsors took care of our players and coaches’ salaries even during the most difficult times, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are very grateful for that. We have a five-year contract with Gold Leaf Tobacco and I have no doubt that they intend to see it through,” said Mupfurutsa.
Dynamos were one of the few clubs that religiously paid its players and technical team at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic that was characterised by national lockdowns to curb the spread of the novel virus.
Meanwhile, Dynamos supporters have embarked on a fundraising campaign to assist the families of the nine supporters who perished in an accident on 11 June 2016.
Seven fans died on the spot and 16 were seriously injured when an Iveco Sprinter they were travelling in burst a rear tyre, veered off the road and overturned in Battlefields on the Harare-Bulawayo Highway.
Two later lost their lives in hospital.
The fans were travelling to Gweru where Dynamos played Chapungu at Ascot Stadium.
Every year, on the anniversary of the death of the nine fans, Dynamos supporters throughout the country source funds to assist the families of the departed.