ZIMBABWE’S leading cigarette manufacturer, Savanna Tobacco Company, has agreed to the renewal of a lucrative sponsorship deal with army Premier Soccer League football club Black Rhinos.
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The new deal which according to inside sources is for the whole season, is subject to renewal at the end of the term if certain set parameters are met.
The two parties have been in a sponsorship marriage for the past two years now as Savanna helped the army side gain promotion from Northern Region Division One two seasons ago before penning another season sponsorship deal for the 2013 soccer season in which they were playing in the top-flight league.
Speaking to our sister paper StandardSport on Friday, Savanna marketing personnel Gerald Gumbo confirmed the renewal of the deal, but could not shade light on the total package to be disbursed.
“As Savanna, we have agreed to yet another deal with Black Rhinos. Our sponsorship is running into the third year now.
“Our deals are signed on a yearly contract subject to renewal as long as certain aspects of the deal have been met. In this case both parties have been happy with the progress hence a deal reached,” Gumbo said.
Coaxed to reveal more on whether they were going to make available a transfer cheque for the club to beef up the squad, Gumbo did not mince his words and had this to say: “It is common knowledge that we are the major sponsors of Black Rhinos.
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“So where ever and whenever they need help we are ready to chip in and assist.”
It is understood that Savanna is ready to make a transfer package for the technical team to strengthen their squad for this season as well as the supply of new home and away kits and other training equipment.
Gumbo added that Black Rhinos have no intentions of coming back to play in Harare as rumoured.