HARARE – Young Chiefs Football Club (YCFC), a division two outfit from Harare South sprawling high density suburb got a timely kit donation from a leading gas supplying company, Boc Gases on Saturday.
The donation comprising soccer jerseys and stockings was conducted at the team’s Savanna home ground.
Tawanda Shumba, YCFC chairman, who received the kit on behalf of the club, said the sponsorship will go a long way in shaping the team’s dream of qualifying for the first division next season.
“It’s really a great honour because we have been struggling to get any form of sponsorship so this kind gesture by Boc Gases is a step in the right direction and our prayer is that other business organisations can also come forward and sponsor our team,” Shumba told the Daily News.
“You realise we are in Southlea Park, a growth area where the underprivileged our found mostly. We are trying to uplift the youth in the area so that they stay away from drugs and all sorts of nefarious activities.
“The sponsorship will also motivate the young ones especially at this penultimate stage of the season and will encourage them to win the remaining games and aim for promotion next season.”
Boc Gases maintenance manager, who is also the patron of the company’s soccer team, Fungai Chasakara said the donation was one of its various ways of giving back to the community.
“Our business is to supply domestic, industrial and medical gases to the people of Zimbabwe but we are not just there to make money but to give back to the community as well,” said Chasakara.
“This is one of the ways we are doing in order to give back to the community, these are the future stars of tomorrow and we believe when we assist them through their area of speciality one day they will also play for the national team hence this is a small way of also contributing in the growth of soccer in the country.”
As part of their corporate social responsibility Boc Gases identifies and helps homes with either financial resources or manual work.
Takuraneshungu in Marondera is one of the beneficiaries of this programme.