KAZEMBE CALLS FOR CORPORATE SUPPORT
Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation Raymond Kazembe has urged the corporate world to come on board and transform sport.
He was speaking at the NetOne sponsorship unveiling attended by beneficiaries Highlanders, CAPS United, Dynamos, football officials and other stakeholders.
“As the minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, my vision is to transform the sport sector into an industry that contributes significantly to the country’s GDP and also capable of producing athletes that compete at international level and yield results.
“Government cannot achieve this alone. It needs the corporate world to come in and assist, like what Netone has done,” Minister Kazembe said.
“Without support from the business community, our sporting programs will be very difficult to implement.
“Netone’s gesture will go a long way in improving the standard of football in the country, such efforts should culminate in a stronger national team that challenges for honours at international level and this is what I envisage as the ultimate goal of my ministry,” he said.
The minister said clubs and associations had a role to play in creating space for sponsors.
“As you are all aware, sport is a unifying force and it is playing its role in uniting the people of Zimbabwe under the new dispensation.
“I implore Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS to reciprocate Netone’s gesture by ensuring that there won’t be any forms of hooliganism during their games and thus ensuring that this marriage does not become a one season offering.
“We are optimistic that once these three major clubs raise their standards, the rest of corporate world would be forced to follow suit and thus improving the standards of football in the country,” he said.