Zims tour Barcelona FC

Eleven Zimbabweans drawn from all the four corners of the country are on a tour of Barcelona Football Club facilities and had the chance to watch the Spanish giants’ two-all draw game against Getafe last Sunday.

Delta Beverages marketing manager Patricia Murambinda and Lagers General manager Munyaradzi Nyandoro are also in Barcelona to facilitate the coming of their coaching staff to hold coaching clinics for Castle Lager Premier Soccer League club coaches.

Murambinda said this was the first benefit of the association between Barcelona Football Club and Castle Lager in which locals, through competitions being run by Delta, will have a feel of the Nou Camp and what Barcelona has to offer as a football team.

The package of the trip to Barcelona for each person is valued at $8,000. Those chosen to travel to the popular Spanish Club include Tichaona Chipangura, Michael Muzembe, Washington Tiripo, Patience Mutangadura, Mrs Chironga, Mr Mukwembere, all from Harare, Mrs Munyuki from Mutare, John Mafambe from Gweru, Thandiwe Mangezi , Thandiwe Mutobi and Tafadzwa Chisango from Bulawayo.

“The second benefit to Zimbabwe is to come at the end of June when the Barcelona technical team will come to train Premier Soccer League coaches,” said Murambinda. Delta Beverages are the sponsors of the 16 team Castle Lager Premier Soccer League in which they have poured in $700,000 for the league title race and $500,000 for the re-launched Chibuku Trophy that will also involve all the 16 clubs in the assembly.

They are also hoping to send the 2014 Rookie of the Year to Barcelona for an attachment for a period. Caps United’s Ronald Pfumbidzai would have been eligible to travel as the 2013 winner but this arrangement has been introduced starting with the winner from this season.

However, there has been concern that apart from the coaching clinics there is nothing that will benefit the clubs and the soccer fans themselves from this partnership. It does not include a clause that allows Barcelona to come and play in Africa and more importantly in Zimbabwe, or one that allows a Zimbabwean club to go and play at the Nou Camp.

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