Dynamos founders cash in

dembare1_100_95HARARE - After 47 years of neglect, Dynamos' founding fathers are smiling all the way to the bank after the club resolved to put them on a cash pension scheme.

Dynamos has placed their remaining founding fathers on a cash plan that will entitle them to 5 per cent of gate takings of all the club’s Premier Soccer League home matches. Club chairman Farai Munetsi says the decision was reached following mounting calls that the club was neglecting its founding fathers some of whom are now living in abject poverty.

The De Mbare boss says the plan is aimed at improving the lives of the founder members of whom the club has not cared for for the past 40 years.

The founding fathers will, however, have to wait a bit longer to start enjoying their benefits as the PSL league programme has been suspended to pave way for the ongoing World Cup in South Africa.

The remaining founder members who will benefit from the pension scheme are Benard Marriot, Richard Chiminya, Morrison Sifelani, Jairos Banda, Freddy Mkwesha and George Shaya. Munetsi also pledged to support the families of the deceased founder members for whom only those below the age of 18 will receive assistance.

Dynamos was formed in 1963 by two sets of players who broke away from Salisbury United and Salisbury City to form an all black football team. The name Dynamos was coined following a suggestion from Necarsio Murambiwa who had heard of a football team called Dynamos Kiev of Russia.

The decision to reward the founding fathers has not gone without resistance as the Dynamos leadership had to shrug off protests from a group of former players who were demanding that they also played a part in shaping the destiny of the club.

The group, led by Henry Chari, is claiming that by playing for the club for more than 12 years they devoted their whole lives to the club and played a big role in building what Dynamos is today.

Munetsi, however, says they could not entertain the former players’ demands on the grounds that they were paid for playing for De Mbare during that time and so cannot claim anything from the club.

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