Darlington Gatsi, Sports Reporter
The partnership between FC Platinum and Real Betis does not guarantee an automatic player transfer to the La Liga side.
It is subject to matching required standards, the local Premiership club has said.
FC Platinum recently struck a partnership deal with Real Betis that will see the two giants collaborating in areas such as strategic planning, business of football, digital fan engagement, rationalising football post Covid, transformation and innovation.
The partnership sees the Spanish Club extending its footprint on the local football landscape after successfully launching the Real Betis Academy this year in Harare and Bulawayo.
“The doors are open for the capable and deserving, just like any move to Europe the requirements have to be met,” the Club’s Spokesperson, Chido Chizondo said.
Asked on whether the Club will use the Real Betis Academy to tap and scout for new players Chizondo said:
” We are a Club open to recruit based on need and talent anywhere in Africa and the World. As such, the Real Betis Academy is a welcome move for improvement of football in Zimbabwe.”
Chizondo also hinted on the possibility of Covid-19 impacting their transfer business, drifting away from the tradition of spending big on their signings.
With the Champions playing in the African safari some were expecting them to raid the transfer market and bolster their squad.
“A lot has changed globally due to COVID-19; we are not spared as a Club. Our vision that is to be the leading football brand in Africa is clear and remain guided by it.”
The Zvishavane based team have begun their Champions League preparations after they were granted permission by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) last week.
The Champions face GD Sagrada Esperanca of Angola in the preliminary round which is scheduled for the weekend of 10-12 September.