Standardsport can reveal that BancABC have agreed to bankroll the fourth edition of the BancABC Sup8r tournament and are also weighing the option of being the league’s title sponsor. The BancABC executive met the premiership chairman Twine Phiri on Thursday resulting in them striking the deal.
They were fears that BancABC would walk away from the premiership this season, following the chaos that rocked the US$200 000 tournament last year.
BancABC were dragged into the mud, when the semi-final tie pitting Highlanders and Dynamos was abandoned amid wild scenes at Barbourfields.
The impasse over the match raged on and a premiership arbitration committee ruled in favour of Dynamos, awarding the game to the Glamour Boys on a 3-0 scoreline, but Bosso went to court and won an interim order suspending the final, between DeMbare and CAPS United, until their semi-final protests were resolved.
However, despite all this chaos BancABC have committed themselves to open the tills for another dance with the premiership.
BancABC group marketing manager, Desmond Ali said that the financial company had agreed to bankroll the Sup8r tournament but could not comment on reports that they would also be coming as the title sponsor.
“We met the Premier Soccer League and we agreed that we would sponsor the BancABC Sup8r tournament. We will always support football. We have talked about the league sponsorship but I cannot say we are coming as the league sponsor at this stage,” Ali said.
The BancABC Sup8r tournament will feature the top eight teams from last season: Motor Action, Dynamos, Highlanders, Gunners, Hwange, CAPS United, Monomotapa and Shabanie Mine.
The domestic premiership ranked by the Confederation of African Football as the 12th best league on the continent is rich in talent but has been failing to attract corporate sponsors. The league has been unbranded for the last two years. Premiership teams have also been choking with debts and are battling to survive in the domestic league where there is no prize money at the end of the season.
Individuals who have been finding it hard to dip into their pockets to run the clubs own most of the premiership clubs. Kiglon has been put for sale. Eagles are also reported to be disposing their franchise. Club director Stanley Kudenga wrote to the Premier Soccer League advising them of a strong