Highlanders Search For New Sponsor... As NetOne Deal Nears End
Highlanders Football Club is looking for a new sponsor amid reports that telecoms company, NetOne, will be paying the last instalment of their deal this month-end.
The State-owned mobile network operator (MNO) has reportedly turned its focus to fighting coronavirus and will no longer fund the club.
An unnamed club insider told the Chronicle that if Bosso fails to find a sponsor before the end of May, they will face a potential crisis. He said:
If nothing comes up before the end of May, the club will be staring at a potential crisis. Having received April salaries, the last batch from NetOne is coming at the end of May.
Already, when the April salaries delayed, players were restless and you could tell by the tone of their messages.
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They even added the CEO (chief executive officer, Nhlanhla Dube) and treasurer (Donald Ndebele) to their (WhatsApp) group.
With all industries feeling the pinch because of COVID-19 effects, it will be a difficult task for the club to get a partner to fill the void left by NetOne. Serious, feasible rescue plans will have to be found.
Highlanders spokesperson Ronald Moyo confirmed that the club is currently seized with the matter and will inform its members, fans and all other stakeholders if there are any developments.