Dynamos FC get K2m from friendly
Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League side, Dynamos FC, will receive US$2,500 (about K1.9 million) in appearance fees for two friendlies played over the weekend against Nyasa Big Bullets in the Nyasa Challenge Cup.
The pre-season tournament kicked off on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium, where the hosts won 1-0, and the return leg was played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday.
Bullets’ vice-secretary, Kelvin Moyo, said the two clubs agreed on the US$2,500 appearance fee to honour Fifa’s Statutes that state that a team is entitled to such fees if it travels to play a friendly match.
“The team will get the money before leaving for Tanzania where they are scheduled to play other friendly matches. We decided to invite them because they are the most successful club in Zimbabwe and they have given us a good test ahead of the new season,” he said.
Bullets were also responsible for accommodation and food for the visiting 41-member Dynamos.
The costs were initially estimated at K2 million.
Bullets said it would use gate takings from the two matches to settle some debts.
Saturday’s tie was a litmus test for Bullets, whose new coach, Franco Ndawa, observed some flaws in the three-man defence of John Lanjesi, Sankhani Mkandawire and Yamikani Fodya.
Ndawa also handed debuts to Emmanuel Zoya and Muhammad Sulumba, who had fair, but not exactly spectacular introductions to life at Bullets.
Dynamos defender Godknows Murwirwa’s deflection from a tame George Nyirenda shot from a distance in the 77th minute was a rare moment that provided joy to Bullets fans, led by their sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company
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