Chinese Ambassador endorses Dynamos FC

Chinese Ambassador endorses Dynamos FC
Published: 03 December 2012 (9388 Views)
Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr Lin Lin, in a surprise appearance at Dynamos end of the season award ceremony on Friday night, hailed the close sports corporation between the two countries.

The newly-accredited diplomat from the world's second biggest economy said such ties had helped draw citizens of Zimbabwe and China together.

Ambassador Lin becomes the first Chinese envoy ever to grace any local football event in his official capacity.

Dynamos, who created history by winning the premier league and cup double for an audacious second year running, closed their fantastic season with a glittering function at Pandhari Lodge in the leafy outskirts of the capital where Ambassador Lin was the guest of honour.

"For decades, China and Zimbabwe have enjoyed excellent co-operation in sports. We helped build the National Sports Stadium. Many Chinese coaches in fields ranging from table tennis, wushu to gymnastics, have been sent to train athletes in Zimbabwe.
"Athletes from both countries have learnt from each other during their attendances in various competitions.

"I sincerely hope that the sports co-operation between our two countries will continue to grow and help draw the hearts of our two peoples together," said the diplomat.

Ambassador Lin also lauded Zimbabwe and the African continent as true sporting giants, mindful of Dynamos participation in the African Champions League final of 1998 and semi-final placing in 2008.
He congratulated the Harare side for defending the double describing them as a great club that has made Zimbabwe proud before wishing them the best as they plunge into the jungles of the ever demanding continental game.

"Africa is an amazing continent that produces many talented athletes. In Zimbabwe you have the world famous swimming sensation and national icon, Kirsty Coventry, who took the 2008 Beijing Olympic games by storm as she grabbed three medals," recalled Ambassador Lin.

Dynamos, through executive committee member Nyika Chifamba, grabbed the opportunity to ask the Chinese ambassador for assistance as they would "soon" be building what they said should be a modern club house which they want to be modelled by the Chinese.

"Your Excellency, I have seen quite a number of impressive infrastructural developments that your country has made.

"As Dynamos we will very soon be embarking on a project to build our club house and it is against this background that we kindly ask you to help us so that we can at the end of the day develop something that befits the history and success of this institution," Chifamba pleaded.

The event itself was draped in pomp and splendour with award-winning players expressing elation for the honours the club bestowed on them, courtesy of corporate sponsor BancABC.

Star midfielder Denver "Mundikumbuke" Mukamba was the biggest winner as he walked away US$5 000 richer having jetted into the country a few hours earlier from South Africa where he was undergoing trials at Bidvest Wits.

Although neither Mukamba nor his manager Gibson Mahachi could not be drawn into commenting whether the youngster had this time convinced the modest side, which is also home to battle hardened midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha and Thomas Sweswe, The Sunday Mail is reliably informed that Mukamba did impress.

Veteran football commentator Charles Mabika, who is on the Fifa world footballer of the year selection panel, summed it up when announcing Denver as the Dynamos player of the year.
"Blessed with imperious vision and an uncanny ability to change the game with one sublime insurgence into enemy zone, Mukamba is Dynamos' weapon of destruction. His repertoire cries for a more glamourous showcase outside our great continent," Mabika screamed.

But Mukamba was not thinking about any of this on the night.

"I am very proud for winning such a prestigious award at such a big club like Dynamos. It also gives me confidence to keep working hardgoing forward with my career.

"When the morale is high like it is right now we, as young players, tend to concentrate more on our core business which is playing football and as a result success then comes.
His friend and rock solid defender Partson Jaure who walked away US$4 500 was also smiling all the way to the bank after being accorded the double status of Players' Player of the Year and the Most Improved Player awards.

"I am very happy for winning these two accolades in my debut season. I also appreciate the fact that my fellow players took note of the hard work that I put in for the cause of the team," he said.
The rock solid centre-half expressed confidence that DeMbare will be able to hold their on in continental football next season.

"We have learnt our lessons from previous campaigns and if we can correct on a few shortcomings, which I know we will, then we should go all the way next year."
Other winners on the night were Desmond Maringwa  (Most loyal player), Ocean Mushure (Most disciplined player), Tawanda Muparati (Most consistent player) and Farai Mupasiri (Rookie of the year).

Ray Kazembe, the team secretary, praised his charges for an enthralling season and expressed surprise that they had only two players selected as Soccer Star of the Year Award finalists in Jaure and Mukamba.

"In essence what you are saying is that the best team in the country does not have good players. Is that possible?" Kazembe queried.

The colourful event was also graced by a senior official from the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Collen Mungati, who stood in for Minister Webster Shamhu who is also the Dynamos patron.

PSL chairman Twine Phiri and CEO Kenny Ndebele were also in attendance.

- Sunday Mail

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