BULAWAYO-BASED businessman and philanthropist Raj Modi who was Tuesday unveiled as the Southern Region Soccer League patron says he will make a good account of the role given to him.
Speaking at a function that was graced by Zifa Southern Region officials, Zifa honorary vice president Ndumiso Gumede, Southern Region Soccer League club representatives and Sports and Recreation (SRC) officials among other guests, Modi said he has sport at heart.
a�?Southern Region Soccer League officials approached me sometime in May. Ia��m a sport loving individual and when I received their request, I did not have second thoughts. I accepted the request and I hope the relationship will last long,a�? he said.
Zifa Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza said while the league has broken new ground by having a patron, they will always seek to spruce up the image of the sport in the region.
a�?We want to be a wonderful league. We want to come out with quality results. We have shown it previously by producing the likes of Peter Ndlovu and Benjani Mwaruwari. We have made history by having a patron. This is for the first time that the league has had a patron. We want to always spruce up our image.
a�?Raj Modi is known a lot. He has helped Bulawayo as he has been involved in social activities and in sports that include cricket and athletics. We searched hard for our father figure and it seemed like he had been waiting for us. Through his businesses he has developed Bulawayo, football must also support his businesses,a�? said Mandaza.
Concurring with Mandaza, Bulawayo province SRC co-ordinator Sam Dzvimbu said the Southern Region League had picked up a man who has a passion.
Modi with help of his other committee members came in handy in Bulawayoa��s hosting of the 2013 edition of Youth Games and he has been involved in athletics for the past 15 years.