Sources at the club revealed that the deal was sealed following a meeting between Dynamos chairman Farai Munetsi and Faithwear representatives Brett Van Rooyen and Tendai “Barnes” Zhakata.
Although Van Rooyen could not be reached to shed light on this development, Dynamos chairman Munetsi confirmed they had held meetings with a number of potential sponsors but refused to give much detail.
Sources at both Faithwear and at Dynamos have confirmed that the deal was sealed following meeting at Munetsi’s office.
According to insiders at Dynamos, under the arrangement, Faithwear will supply Dynamos with training and playing kits as well as provide financial assistance to cover some of the team’s costs.
Faithwear provides playing kits to a number of clubs in different sporting disciplines as well as the Zimbabwe national Olympic team.
Although Dynamos have another sponsor in the form of Savanna Tobacco, their new sponsor and Savanna Tobacco have different business operations which does make them competitors in any way.
Savanna Tobacco have been sponsoring Dynamos for years by providing among other things funds to pay the players’ salaries though some of the money has not reached the intended target.
The sponsorship from Faithwear comes at a time when Dynamos are preparing for participation in 2011 edition of the Caf Champions League. Ranked the 12th best club in Africa, the team’s present playing kit does not fit their high profile in continental football as it resembles that of social club.
Even the names of the players at the back of jerseys are written in different colours with some even on a different white cloth.
Dynamos are Zimbabwe’s flag bearers in African football after reaching the final of the Caf Champions League in 1998, the mini-league stage in
1999, the semi-finals in 2008, and the mini-league stage in 2010.
The good show by the club was recognised by the Confederation of African Football who in 2009 gave Zimbabwe two slots for both the Caf Champions League and the Confederations Cup starting from 2010.
Their success, however, is not reflected by their financial standing.
The popular Harare club return to pan-African football in 2011 after finishing second behind Motor Action in the league title race. Both teams finished with the same number of points but the Mighty Bulls took the title on goal difference. They were tied on 66 points.