Descent Dube , Sports Reporter
BULAWAYO-based women’s basketball side, Lakers, yesterday unveiled a sponsorship deal with Sondelani and Hamara in preparation for the Africa Club qualifiers that will be held in Maputo, Mozambique from November 16-25.
Hamara, part of the Sondelani Ranching group, is a chicken distributing company.
The sponsors penned a deal worth $2 000 that will cover kits and part of the team’s transport money.
Hamara public relations officer Clarence Mutangara said the partnership is the beginning of a long term friendship.
“Wherever we see potential, we want to come in and help to ensure there is promotion of sport in our society. Hamara aspire to support the smaller guys doing great things and we are so confident that Lakers will do us proud and bring back the cup,” said Mutangara.
He said the sponsorship is just a fraction of what the Lakers need for them to cater for all their expenses during the course of their stay in Mozambique.
Lakers coach Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu said the deal means a lot to the nine-year old Bulawayo club.
“This is a special day for us and we appreciate this kind gesture. May it not be just for the event in Maputo, but a continuous partnership,” said Ndlovu.
He said the club needs $28 000 in order to meet all their demands for the championship in Maputo.
Lakers qualified for the Africa Club qualifiers after they were runners-up behind Angola’s Interclube in the just ended Zone 6 Basketball Club Championships at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).