HASSAN Kadio, Tanzania's representative at the forthcoming 2013 Barclays Kenya Open, has pleaded for public support to aid his preparation ahead of the championship in Nairobi.
The Professional Golfers Association of Tanzania (PGAT) appointed Kadio to be the country's flag bearer at the golf tournament scheduled to tee off from February 13 to17 at the Karen Golf & Country Club.
It will be the first time Kadio tries his skills against top contenders from around the globe; with participants expected from Africa, Europe, America and Asia. He told the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam that he is doing well in training, but cried for financial help to ensure smooth preparation and successful participation at the championship.
"Thanks to God I'm physically and mentally fit, but I'm still looking for sponsor," he said. Kadio said he has been working on distance and swing at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club course and is looking forward to practice at Karen Golf & Country Club as well.
"I need to go there and try the course at least three days before the tournament, but all depend on the availability of fund as I don't have a main sponsor. "I only depend on individual supports, which sometime are not enough. I call upon companies and other well wishers to support me," said Kadio.
The former national team member noted that there were many companies that have been supporting golf event, but are yet to assist individual players. "It's time for companies to come forward and help individual players to achieve their goal.
I am sure they can also promote their business by doing so," he added. Kadio braces for stiff competition from more than 100 players, including 22 Kenyan professionals who will also be battling for the top honours during the event. Defending champion is Seve Benson of England. During his amateur heydays Kadio managed to win the 2004 Diani Beach Masters in Kenya.