SHABANIE Mine’s financial woes are set to be alleviated amid speculation that the asbestos miners are closing in on a sponsorship deal with Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance Company.
However, Nyaradzo managing director Webster Chikengezha said Shabanie Mine are yet to make a formal request for their consideration.
“They have been talking about it, but we have not received anything official from them. If they send us a formal letter we will look at their proposal and see if we can consider it.
“I should say the only sponsorship that is available from Nyaradzo is the score pack plan. If Shabanie Mine has the numbers we want they might as well benefit from that package. But I should emphasise that no official communication has been made to us as yet,” said Chikengezha.
Under the score pack scheme 10% of the amount paid by the club supporters will go towards the respective clubs they support. In addition 50 people from the club, including players and officials, will get funeral cover from Nyaradzo for nothing.
Shabanie Mine spokesperson Dumisani Mahwite also confirmed contact with the funeral assurance company, but said nothing concrete had been agreed yet.
“We have not yet agreed with them, but we wrote to them (Nyaradzo) asking them to be our sponsor and we are now waiting for their response,” said Mahwite.
For the greater part of last season Shabanie Mine struggled to pay players and on countless occasions, players broke camp in protest over unpaid salaries and winning bonuses.
Following their triumph in the BancABC Supr8 Cup last year the Zvishavane based side were rumoured to be nearing a deal that could have seen the tournament sponsors funding them.
But BancEasy managing director Desmond Ali told this publication in September last year that his company would sponsor the asbestos miners with a football kit only. The financial woes at the
Zvishavane-based side has seen a massive player exodus looming at the reigning BancABC Super8 Cup champions, with Tarisai Rukanda, Pervington Zimunya, Roy Mazingi, Blessed Mbavarira, Valentine Ndaba and Frankson Bushire, reported to have already parted ways with the asbestos miners.