TWITTER kings Bulawayo Chiefs are in the process of setting up their merchandise shop amid revelations they are talking to different companies for possible sponsorship partnerships.
The club’s media officer Thulani “Javas” Sibanda said plans were also afoot to have an online store.
“At the moment, Bulawayo is going to be our main base. It’s going to be a strictly Bulawayo Chiefs merchandise shop. We are also finalising on having an online store that will enable people from all over the world to purchase our merchandise that will include replica jerseys, casual wear and scarfs among other things,” said Sibanda.
He added: “We are speaking to a lot of companies with regards to getting sponsorship deals. It’s a process that has seen us invite people that see value in our brand.”
The club is bankrolled by miner Lovemore Sibanda and they have been recognised for their social media presence, which has gained numerous followers including Italian club AS Roma.
AS Roma, whose own English Twitter page is rated as one of the best in Europe, recently expressed their admiration for Chiefs’ use of banter to actively engage fans on the platform.
With minimal resources, Chiefs have managed to continuously escape relegation, something well-resourced clubs such as TelOne, Hwange, Bulawayo City and Mutare City Rovers have failed to do in the past few seasons.
The country’s “big” three, Highlanders, Dynamos and Caps United as well as Triangle United have reportedly inquired about the availability of some of Chiefs players that include goalkeeper David “Rambo” Bizabani, striker Farau Matare and defender Marlvin Mkolo.
The trio has been heavily linked with possible moves to Highlanders.
Left-back Brendon Mpofu, who was also a Bosso target, was reportedly in Harare, with Caps United and DeMbare were said to be jostling for his signature.