Monomotapa pull out

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MONOMOTAPA will not play in the 2013 Caf Confederation Cup, the club confirmed yesterday.
REPORT BY HENRY MHARA, SPORTS REPORTER

This leaves Dynamos as the only representative in Africa next year in the Champions League following the decision by Highlanders — already facing confirmation of a ban — and Chicken Inn not to participate.

Zimbabwe had been afforded four slots by Caf this year, two in the Caf Champions League and the other two in the Caf Confederation Cup, but yesterday’s developments only spell doom for local football.

Dynamos, bankrolled by BancABC, confirmed their Caf Champions League participation status last week, ahead of last Friday’s registration deadline.

Yesterday, Monomotapa pulled out of the continent’s second-tier competition citing financial difficulties.

The 2008 league champions had delayed confirming their pull-out hoping that Mbada Diamonds — through their $150 000 subsidy — would bankroll their African campaign as was the case with Motor Action this season.

“Monoz”, through Zifa, had asked for an extension from Caf to confirm their status and the continental mother body had given them until 4:30pm yesterday.

Mbada Diamonds was by yesterday, still insisting that the subsidy would go to Dynamos, leaving Monoz with no choice.

“Our position was very clear from the start that we could only compete in the Confederations Cup if Mbada Diamonds gave us the $150 000. I spoke to the PSL (Premier Soccer League) today (yesterday) and they told me that they were waiting for Mbada to have a meeting with BancABC, but time is not on our side,” said Monoz boss Joseph Mukoki yesterday.

Monoz guaranteed themselves a slot after finishing runners-up to Dynamos in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

“It’s very sad for our football because it seems all the sponsors are stampeding to sponsor one big club. How are the other small clubs supposed to grow then? The last time we played in Africa we did extremely well and we were hoping the sponsors would take notice of that,” added Mukoki.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze yesterday said he had already written to Caf explaining Monoz’s situation.

“We had, on behalf of Monomotapa Football Club, requested for an extension from Caf and they had given us until 4:30pm today (yesterday). But it seems the set-up has not improved and I have already alerted Caf on the current situation. It’s very unfortunate that Dynamos will be the only club representing the country next year,” Mashingaidze said yesterday.

“Caf should do something in terms of sponsorship for these competitions because they are turning out to be a preserve for the well-resourced clubs like TP Mazembe and Espérance.

“But us, as an association and the clubs, we should also look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves if we have done the right thing. We should re-engage the corporate world and find a proper sponsorship model, not ad-hoc intervention system we have been relying on in the past. These ‘donations’ kind of sponsorship will not get us anywhere,” Mashingaidze added.

The latest development is likely to cost Zimbabwe the slots in the continental club competitions.

In the past, the country has had two slots, one in the Confederation Cup and another one in the Champions League, but the number was increased following good performances by Zimbabwean teams in the competitions, particularly Dynamos and Monomotapa.

17 COMMENTS

  1. mbada crew a assholes if they are really concerned in the development of our football why are they scrambling for a well resourced team dai vakabatiswa pasi ne banc a.b.c vashaye pekuisa logo yavo iyoyo yembada

  2. There is noone who wants to be associated with a team that is always down.For anyone to be prosperous in our modern world the “BRAND” matters a lot and in this case Dynamos is a brand that everyone including the corporate world,political leaders though hiding and any sane minded business owner needs so as to grow and in other words its an engine for growth.It will also give any businessman/woman mileage in as far as profits are concerned because of visibility.On the the other hand,the sponsors should also help the smaller teams so as to have competition which will result in us having good teams.

  3. MbaDa they are full of nonsense.Why can’t they sponsour ZiFaloss Once Nxa!!! Bosso NgeNkanii!

    Stolen Diamonds!

    • Dennis usanyepera vanhu,kana iwe uchida Dynamos yako usafunga kuti munhu wese anoda Dembare,We have our teams kunyangwe this year we did not play well,zvinowanikwa even kuEurope.Mbada should have assisted Monoz like what they did kuMotor Action.

    • everyone had a chance to play for that cup and its a known fact as to who gets that money-the winner of course. How does Bossorowa come in. They were not even in the finals. Please define nonsense for us. We just dont insult our valued sponsors for no reason. We need more sponsors and lets not behave like South Africans who insult for passion. We are Zimbabweans and we should know whats good for us.

  4. Mbada has a right to sponsor any team, sport of their choice considering strategic mileage. Who would want to be associated with a team whose chairman has been banned on Asiagate?

  5. hakuna kana basa kuConfederation tournament. Monoz regedzai because its a waste of resources. hapana team from the southern part of Africa that can do well because referees are always against us.

  6. but mbada and psl have not been professional all season they have been telling us that a team that will represent in africa as aresult of the mbada competition will get the usd150k subsidy. it seemeth these people are after supproting demabre only. why is it that they did not make the rules clear for monz to or whoever to make plans in time. poor mbada the diamonds are being wasted.

  7. Mbada ,Zifa ,Cuthbert Dube are one and the same thing .They dissolved all national teams in the name of ASIA GATE WHATS SO SPECIAL banengi abangena ehofisini batshiya ,That position is not permanent ,many have come and gone we will remember you as a bunch of failures

  8. I would hv thot by being runners up in the MBADA DIAMONDS CUP,MONOZ shld hv been set to get tne sponsorship but alas. Remember Animal Farm: some animals are more equal than others! Wat if Dembare had lost the cup wat wld hve Mbada Diamonds done. So maybe they are better off negotiating with BancAbc to jointly support Dynamos for good!!

  9. It’s your money Mbada Diamonds but this time you got it wrong. How can you shift goal posts? last year you stood firm and said it was specifically for the team that participated in the Confed Cup, what has changed now? Probably you are also for Dynamos?

  10. Poor mbada. Cn we trust this company wt our diamonds if they cnt even spell out competitions regulations clearly….

  11. its crystal clear that the winner will get sponsorship. the winner was dynamos so where does monos come into the picture. they had qualified into the tournament not by merit after all. They lost the cup to dynamos so dynamos has a right to be sponsored in the tournament of their choice Period. Remember last year after dynmos won the cup they pleaded with Mbada to be given the money since they had won the cup but Mbada refused to give dynamos the money for championship participation so dont say dynamos – zanu chi chi chi. From now onwards teams shld know that winning the Cup would garrantee them automatic sponsorship

  12. MBADA DIAMONDS HARNESSING DIAMONDS FOR DYNAMOS. IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT MBADA DIDNT WANT MONOZ TO WIN . THIS STARTED AT THE HOTEL WHERE MONOZ WHERE REFUSED LUNCH ON MATCHDAY COZ A MBADA OFFICIAL HAD SAID IT WAS A BED ONLY CAMP YET DYNAMOS HAD A CHOICE OF AN EXTRA NIGHT AFTER THE MATCH WITH LUNCHES, DINNERS AND EVEN ROOMS FOR THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVES . AT THE MATCH THE MONOZ EXECUTIVE WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE VVVIP AREA AS IT WAS RESERVED FOR MBADA AND DYNAMOS EXECUTIVES , WHAT NINSENSE IS THAT . MBADA SHOULD TREALISE THAT THERE IS NOONE MORE ZANU PF THAN ANOTHER AND SHOULD HAVE SPONSORED DYNAMOS VERY THE VERY FIRST DAY OF THE LEAGUE THAN CHEAT ZIMBOZ WITH A FAKE TOURNAMENT. KEEP UR MONEYS WE NOT YOUR WIVES OR BETTER STILL REVAMP SAKUBVA STADIUM FROM WHERE YOU HARNESSING DIAMONDS TO BENEFIT DEMBARE AND NOT MUTARE CITY

    • I am the chairman of Monoz, and I did not write the above comment. I know better not to mix politics with soccer. I might agree with the sentiments of the comment, but certainly not with the language.

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