Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Airtel to Support Govt Efforts

AIRTEL Tanzania has re-affirmed its commitment to support the government's efforts to develop various sports activities across the country.

Airtel Tanzania Managing Director Sunil Colaso said Investment in sports development is critical for Tanzania as the country braces for regional and international competitions.

He was speaking during Manchester United legend Andy Cole's training session with the national U-17 team organized by Airtel Tanzania through its 'Mimi ni Bingwa' promotion in Dar es Salaam yesterday. "Airtel Tanzania is today handing over 100 balls to the U-17 National team as part of our efforts to support sports development," Colaso said.

"We will continue working with the government and all the other stakeholders to ensure that the country gets good sports ambassadors to represent the country well in international competitions and we believe our efforts will go a long way in complementing sports development."

Colaso said his company in 2011 initiated the Airtel Rising Stars initiative, a youth football initiative undertaken by Airtel Africa in a bid to nurture budding soccer talent from the grassroots to international levels.

Cole called upon the national U-17 team players to stay focused if they are to achieve their dream of playing for international clubs. "I see big football potential in Tanzania. Players can make it to international clubs if they stay focused. I take this time to remind U-17 players to exhibit discipline both on and off pitch as this is key to success," he said. The Ilala Municipal Mayor, Jerry Slaa, thanked Airtel Tanzania for its continued support and called upon other companies to support sports development. "There is need for public-private partnerships if we are to succeed in developing sports. I'm so grateful for Airtel's contribution and I take this opportunity to call upon other companies to support government's efforts to develop sports," he said.

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