By Devota Mwachang’a
Tanzania Vice President (VP) Samia Suluhu Hassan will grace an international friendly match between the England based team Everton FC and Gor Mahia of Kenya at the SportPesa Super Cup tournament next month in Dar es Salaam
Everton FC will play for the first time in East Africa, whereas while in the country the team will get opportunity to go for sightsee in various tourist attractions available in the country.
The VP decision to grace the tournament, reached shortly after Suluhu and the executives of a Kenyan based betting company -SportPesa, met at State House in Dar es Salaam today accompanied by former, Director Administration and Implementation of SportPesa Tanzania, Abbas Tarimba.
“I congratulate you (SportPesa) for your good strategic plans and intention of developing and growing the talents of footballers from both Tanzania Mainland and in Zanzibar, if your goals will be achieved, our country will become a great country in football within Africa and the world as a whole” she said.
She assured the government’s cooperation with officials of Sportpesa, said the door is open for them, for any inquiries concerning executive issues and they should not hesitate to communicate with her office for help.
For his part, Tarimba who is also a former Director General of Tanzania Gaming Board, said they have already consulted with the authority dealing with tourism in the country, for seeing the opportunity and use it to advertise the country’s tourism.
He said for Everton FC being in the country, is a chance for the country to use them as ambassadors of what they will saw in the country to the world, the move will increase the number of tourists as well as boosting the national income through tourism sector.
Currently, The Everton FC tour in the country is known to the worldwide as broadcasted through international media outlet including BBC and CNN and SuperSport.
In improving sports in the country and marketing the country’s tourist attractions, the government of Tanzania has started and will continue to invite big teams from worldwide to visit the country.
“Apart from other plans, in three years to come, we want our company to be among best companies which are paying taxes to the government of Tanzania like it currently does in Kenya. But also, to ensure take level of footballers in the country to the highest level, knowing that in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar have got many talented footballers but they are not developed,” he said.
SportPesa officials have thanked Vice President Suluhu for accepted their request of being the Guest of Honor at the international friendly football match on July 13, this year in Dar es Salaam at the National Stadium is a multi-purpose 60,000 seater stadium.