Tapuwa Tsaha, Sports Reporter
The 2019 Harare Metropolitan Province Handball Association (HMPHA) League was launched in the capital on Tuesday night with Bhello food outlet being unveiled as the official sponsor.
The food outlet sponsored the league with over $23 000 worth of equipment to the teams, both male and female.
Bhello City Foods representative Valerie Chamangira said their organisation wishes to pledge its continued support to the league if it proves viable.
“The organisation that you see today as Bhello was built out of the support of the society that surrounds us and as such we feel obligated to give back to them.
“Particularly now we are in the sporting institutions, while many of us procrastinate physical fitness sport is important for many of us and for that reason we realised the need to support it.
“Handball is a sport that is unfortunately not being recognised enough in the country which is why we decided to sponsor it starting at provincial level,” she said.
The sponsorship package will run for a year.
The HMPHA chairman Bernard Muzanenhamo said the sponsorship package comes in at a convenient time when the league was struggling financially.
“We are looking forward to the new season as the executive and remain confident in the performance of our players, coaches and referees.
“We will keep on supporting them unconditionally in all the trying times.
“Our 2019 league sponsorship celebrates the strength of the public, board, our clubs and Bhello food outlet,” Muzanenhamo said.
Sports and Recreation Commission development director Martin Dururu said their institution is in full support of Bhello City Foods sponsorship gesture.
He said players and clubs are now obligated to give a positive response to the good cause.
“We expect to see a return on the sponsor’s investment from the players, clubs, referees and technical members this coming season.
“They need to handle themselves as professionals and we expect positive feedback and professional conduct from the running of the league.
“By this gesture alone Bhello City Foods are complementing the efforts of government to transform the sector of sport and recreation to a commercially viable industry capable of generating employment in Zimbabwe,” Dururu said.