HARARE – The Diamond Super Cup tournament sponsored by Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) was launched in Mutare last night.
The tournament will feature top four Eastern Region Division 1 clubs on January 27 and 28 this month at Sakubva Stadium.
This is part of ZCDC’s Corporate Social Investment programmes in support of football development.
Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Monica Mutsvangwa who was guest of honour at the launch said the initiative by ZCDC of sponsoring the Diamond Super Cup for top football teams in the Eastern Region is historic.
“And I’m sure this has been long awaited by many members of the faithful Manicaland football-loving community.
“This investment is an important aspect of community development in the form of sport and is in tandem with the thrust of government.
“I am told the Diamond Super Cup tournament is taking place next weekend at Sakubva Stadium.
“I want to encourage people in Manicaland Province to come out in full support. Let’s go and support the teams. I am told it will be free, no gate charges that means free entertainment.
“In the same context we want to urge other corporates to join hands with ZCDC and Mutare City Council to make such events a resounding success,” said Mutsvangwa.
The minister said she was optimistic that this initiative among others will bring infrastructure development, employment creation and investment in recreational facilities and activities.
“Again we commend the efforts ZCDC is making to make a difference in the region and beyond and we hope that this momentum will only increase. I assure you that the government will continue to support you.”
She added that contrary to the expectations of government, the Manicaland community, civil society and other stakeholders, since the discovery of diamonds in Chiadzwa, development in the province does not reflect the wealth that it has produced in the form of diamond revenues.
“Being the region where the precious mineral is being mined and was initially discovered in significant proportion, Manicaland should benefit from the mining of diamonds.
“As government we expect to see significant infrastructural and social investment coming from the diamond mining sector.
“Sadly, this was not the case with the former mining companies those who were mining before consolidation as there is little to show for the years they mined in Marange and Chimanimani.
“I am pleased to note that the newly-established ZCDC, which is a wholly- owned government company, although having being established barely two years ago, has adopted a community-driven social responsibility approach,” said Mutsvangwa.