Sakunda Holdings chief executive officer Kuda Tagwirei on Tuesday said he has no desire to take over control of Dynamos, the country’s biggest football club.
The energy company signed a sponsorship agreement with Dynamos for the next three years, with the possibility of extending the deal.
This has given rise to rumours that Tagwirei intends to take effective control of the club.
Tagwirei said his company is committed to bringing stability to the club whose majority shareholder is Bernard Marriot-Lusengo, but a group, led by former player Ernest Kamba, is claiming ownership of the club. Said Tagwirei:
We are not taking over Dynamos, no. That is not what we stand for. Instead, we are working on two things, which include making sure that the ownership structure is done properly and according to the Constitution of Dynamos. Those who own Dynamos will own Dynamos.
So we are making sure that the warring parties come together, sit down and agree on the way forward.
They should certainly reach an agreement; each one will take what belongs to them but we know they are the owners of Dynamos.
We (Sakunda Holdings) are not the owners of Dynamos, what we can only do is help those who own the club find common ground.
We don’t take people’s things, we give them what belongs to them, that is what we are doing.
After that, we will then bring supporters on board to make sure that they become part of Dynamos through subscriptions.
By becoming members, through paying subscriptions, the supporters will then participate in Dynamos’ affairs. That is the second stage.
Then we will obviously want the fans to participate by pitching up where the team would be playing.
Our football has not been moving well. You know when Dynamos is not doing well, Zimbabwean football suffers.
Tagwirei made the remarks at the official handover of a US$110 000 house to Agnes Shaya, the wife of the late legendary George “Mastermind” Shaya.
The three-bedroom house, located in Madokero Estates, in Harare, was donated by Sakunda Holdings.
Two other football legends, Moses Chunga and Madinda Ndlovu, as well as football commentator Charles Mabika, were each promised a US$90 000 house.
Chunga is believed to have already bought a house in the Southerton area of Harare from the US$90 000 which he received from Sakunda Holdings.