Sakupwanya linked with Yadah FC takeover

Businessman and gold dealer Pedzisayi ‘Scott’ Sakupwanya

BUSINESSMAN and gold dealer Pedzisayi ‘Scott’ Sakupwanya has thrown his hat into the footballing field under his Better Brands group of companies.

Better Brands Jewellery, a leading mining and trading company with a vast network of small to medium sized gold mines in Zimbabwe is currently sponsoring Yadah FC, which last season operated on a shoestring budget.

Sakupwanya watched the Walter Magaya run club win against new boys Green Fuel on Monday in their opening match of the season.

Yadah FC’s kit had Better Brands as their main shirt sponsor, further confirming the reports of Sakupwanya takeover.

Better Brands Mining general manager Curthbert Chitima confirmed the deal to NewsDay Sport yesterday.

“Currently we are working with Yadah FC, we are their sponsors for this season hence the club’s kit carries the Better Brands logo. We hope to see the relationship growing and to see the club perform well this season,” he said.

Quizzed on reports on Sakupwanya’s complete takeover of the Yadah FC franchise, Chitima said: “We haven't had such talks, currently we are on a sponsorship deal. If anything of that sort happens we shall give advice.”

Yadah was hit by a massive player exodus during the transfer window period.

Franchise owner Magaya put up his club for sale, in 2019 saying he was channelling his energy to other sporting disciplines. 

Ironically, Yadah FC was originally formed as Gunners in 2005 by Cuthbert Chitima.

Gunners was later on purchased by Walter Magaya in 2014, changing the team's name to Yadah Gunners.

They were relegated from the top flight league to division one in 2012. The team returned to topflight action as Yadah Stars after an impressive season in the ZIFA Eastern region Division One league

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