NYARADZO Funeral Group has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting local football after donating two 32-seater buses to two Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides Black Rhinos and Buffaloes yesterday.
The army sides are the latest beneficiaries of the company’s Score Pack programme following a similar gesture to Caps United and Black Mambas in June this year.
Under the partnership that will see all PSL teams get buses, Nyaradzo will provide funeral cover to 50 members of each team for free in the next five years.
Giants Dynamos and Highlanders are next in line, but they will get bigger buses due to their undeniable status in Zimbabwe football.
Under the Score Pack package, the teams will also benefit financially from the commissions they are set to receive from the premiums collected from their officials and supporters who subscribe for funeral cover with the Nyaradzo Group.
Speaking at a function yesterday, Nyaradzo Group chief executive Philip Mataranyika said the donation was part of the company’s social responsibility.
“It is our business to give you peace of mind because that is what insurance is all about — to give you peace of mind. Today, Buffaloes and Rhinos will have peace of mind knowing that they have reliable transport to fulfil their fixtures.
“We believe that our uniformed forces should focus on what they know best, that is, defending our borders and providing peace and security of the country. Our football players, too, should focus on what they know best, that is, playing football and winning matches,” Mataranyika said.
“This is our small way of promoting this sport called soccer that binds people of different persuasions together, people of different races, tribes, religion, creed, and standing in society.”
Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, who was the guest of honour, received the two buses on behalf of Rhinos and Buffaloes.
“This donation will motivate the players. It will go a long way in easing the transport problems that the two teams were having and I want to urge other corporate players to follow suit. These two teams are our face to the public and they need to project a good image and what Nyaradzo has done is to enhance the projection of that image,” Sibanda said.
“We have not seen adequate support from government and the private sector in sport and football in particular, and where it has come it has been for limited periods. In other countries, the support has been overwhelming. We hope with this new political dispensation, we can now move forward, to another level. It is also my desire to see the private sector create long-lasting relations with football clubs. This will give the teams the security to have long-term strategic goals and objectives knowing they have the backing of both the government and the corporate world.”