Hippo Valley Estates yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chiredzi community in which they donated all the football kits that were used by Hippo Valley football club last season to Chiredzi Football Club.
The donation was made at Hippo Valley estates board room and was attended by Tongaat Hullet human resources director, Fred Nyangwe, Corporate and Communications manager, Adelaide Chikunguru, Enterprises manager, Tom Dheka, Hippo Valley community development manager, Wilbert Mpofu, Triangle United football club chairman Lovemore Matikinyidze, Chiredzi FC chairman Charles Muchatukwa and club secretary Reason Dube.
The company also donated the Hippo valley franchise to Chiredzi FC, now a community team. The new team was allowed to use Chishamiso Stadium, the former team’s home ground while the company undertook to continue maintaining the venue.
Speaking on behalf of the company, Nyangwe said the company was determined to further its social responsibility to the Chiredzi community, which was why they could not dispose the franchise to any other organisation outside Chiredzi, let alone to sell the franchise to the new owners.
“After realising that we cannot sponsor two teams Triangle and Hippo Valley in the top-flight league, we have decided that we cannot disappoint the soccer loving fans of Chiredzi by selling the franchise and thus we have decided to donate this franchise to Chiredzi FC.
“We are here today to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between us and the new owners who are here represented by their chairman and secretary. Let it be clear that we are donating this franchise to the new owners and we are also donating everything else that was used by Hippo Valley FC to the new club.
“This signing of the MOU is to cement our commitment to social responsibility and trust to the community and by this signing, Chiredzi FC is now a bona fide team,” Nyangwe said.