I don’t follow Zimbabwean football closely, and this is something I’m working on, but when it comes to club football I have two favourites. Highlanders are and have been my main team since childhood (no I’m not Ndebele, neither have I stayed in Bulawayo) and it so happens that my second favourite team is Bulawayo Chiefs FC.
Though Bulawayo Chiefs came to the forefront more recently they are solely in my good books because of their social media presence and how funny their content is. Bulawayo Chiefs FC managed to build their reputation solely through social media and whilst bigger teams such as Dynamos, Caps and Highlanders are not verified on Twitter, yet Bulawayo Chiefs are.
Imagine the excitement I experienced upon hearing that this very team which can be crowned the King of sports social media now also has an app and excellent app at that. After downloading the Chief’s App what quickly becomes clear is the fact that whoever designed this app knew what they were doing. It’s visually appealing and yet navigation is simple and straight forward.
The Ninjas (as they are affectionately known by us real fans) app has the following categories:
- Player Profiles
- Matchday Results
- PSL Log Table
- News Updates
- Contact Us
The player profiles section is also thoroughly detailed with players Date of Birth, height, their position and previous clubs played for among other bits of info. This obviously makes the players more relatable and it’s also to judge their performances on the number of appearances they’ve made along with stats such as goals and assists and international caps.
The news section has updates on the state of the team with pre-season reports and probably match reports coming once the season has started. I can already foresee myself being more familiar with Bulawayo Chiefs than I am with Bossolona…
Follow the leader
Clearly, there’s room for other teams to follow suit and do the same. One can only imagine how successful a similar approach could be for the bigger teams such as Highlanders, Dynamos and Caps who have massive fanbases. Anyway, kudos to Bulawayo Chiefs FC for taking the first steps and embracing tech once again…