The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
HIGHLANDERS as well as some rural schools were recipients of kit donations by a United Kingdom based charity, Dumisani Foundation which provided playing apparel.
The man behind the initiative, Dumisani “Zifa” Ndlovu last Wednesday handed over a full kit to Highlanders, which was made of tops in the club’s traditional black and white stripe, shorts as well as socks. Ndlovu, in the company of Arthur Mpuli, one of the Dumisani Foundation volunteers in Zimbabwe presented the consignment to Highlanders chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube at the club’s offices.
Initially, the uniform was meant for one of the junior teams but because it is quite bigger, it will be allocated to Bosso90, who play in the Zimbabwe Football Association Southern Region Division One.
Ndlovu, who has since returned to his UK base, said it was their intention as the Dumisani Foundation to make available kits to Highlanders juniors every year. Football uniforms will also be handed over to Donkwe-Donkwe Primary and Secondary Schools in his rural home area of Kezi. In addition, Dlamini High School in Tsholotsho and Ethandweni Children’s Home in Matobo are the other beneficiaries.
“Dumisani foundation continues its pledge to donate a kit every year to Highlanders junior teams. Furthermore, donations to Ethandweni orphanage in Matobo, Dlamini High School in Tsholotsho and both Donkwe-Donkwe primary and secondary schools in Kezi are ready to be presented. This is on top of donations made to several schools who are part of the foundation project,’’ Ndlovu said.
Highlanders media and communications officer Ronald Moyo said they are grateful for the kit donation from Dumisani Foundation, which he said shows that the club’s supporters have belief in the development structures.
“We are glad and appreciate the gesture, it is the second time. Bringing these donations to the juniors shows that they have a buy in to our junior structures. We thank them a lot. They are one of the few people who are donating to the juniors, its shows that they understand that for us to have a first team we have to have the juniors,’’ Moyo said.
Last year, Ndlovu brought a kit from the UK for the Highlanders Under-16. Mtshabezi, Milton, Entumbane and Gifford, the schools that are part of the Dumisani Foundation football games all received kits which they used in this year’s competition final round of fixtures staged at Mtshabezi High School at the beginning of this month.