Castle Lager Premiership side Caps United are still optimistic of clinching the much-awaited Umbro kit sponsorship deal, NewsDay Sport has learnt.
Both parties, Caps United and a local Umbro representative confirmed the development to this newspaper.
Caps United co-owner Farai Jere said they had been given the remaining part of this season to fulfill contractual obligations so that they can seal the deal next season.
“I can assure our players and supporters that the deal is still in the pipeline. We have been ordered to buy 3 000 Umbro replica jerseys which are valued at
$750 000 so that we can get the full sponsorship which will run for three years.
“The sponsorship package will include jerseys, tracksuits and soccer boots,” Jere said. “We have been trying the kits and we look forward to the deal,” Jere added.
Also confirming the development was Tinashe Ngorima, Umbro representative in Zimbabwe who said Caps United have already won the hearts of his employers.
“The deal is almost done, but as Jere said, we are just waiting for them to pay an initial deposit for about 3 000 replica jerseys which they will then sell to their supporters.
“Caps United gave us their design and as Umbro we had to fine-tune it. We have started manufacturing their kits which will be a full sponsorship package. We hope to finish their kits in time for the beginning of the soccer season next year as this deal is supposed to start running next year,” Ngorima said.
“Caps United have started using the Umbro label in all their league matches, but we are still to unleash the design of their choice,” Ngorima added.