Dynamos will face South African football giants and treble winners Orlando Pirates in an international charity club friendly under the Ubuntu Calabash banner at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Dynamos boss Farai Munetsi confirmed the invitation. “Yes that’s correct. We received the invitation and am going for a meeting now with the executive members to plan for the trip and seek clearances from the Premier Soccer League and Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC),” Munetsi said.
The former champions will open the door for yet another international club friendly on July 9 at Ellis Park Stadium between Bloemfontein Celtic and Bulawayo giants Highlanders.
Dynamos’ cause is aided by the uncertainty surrounding this week’s PSL matches which could be cancelled due to the hastily arranged Cosafa women’s championship which kicks off at the weekend. They were due to play Chicken Inn at Rufaro on Sunday.
The match in South Africa is organised by Johannesburg-based humanitarian organisation – the Southern Africa Women’s Institute for Migration Affairs (SAWIMA), in partnership with Show Me Your Number (SMYN).
Its main aim is to fight xenophobia and spread the spirit of one-ness among Africans, especially those living in South Africa. Ubuntu Calabash was introduced last year as the Ubuntu Derby.
Last year’s tournament was contested for by Bulawayo-based Zimbabwean PSL giants Highlanders and Jomo Cosmos.
“I can confirm that Pirates and Dynamos will play in this year’s Ubuntu Calabash match, which is on Saturday, July 2,” SAWIMA director Joyce Dube told Kick Off yesterday.
“I therefore call on Africans, not only supporters of the two teams, but all those whose dream is to see a united Africa, to come and be part of this noble cause.”
Former PSL top footballers Edelbert Dinha and Thabang Lebese have, through SMYN, been roped into the initiative, for which they are ambassadors.