MAINLAND Premier League rivalry will be revived in the forthcoming SportPesa Super Cup slated to begin on June 3rd-10th this year in Nairobi, Kenya.
Champions Simba, Young Africans and Singida United will represent Tanzania mainland whereas for the first time, Zanzibar will be represented by JKU.
The overall winner will walk away with 30,000US dollars, including a chance to exchange tackles with the Barclays Premier League side Everton. The runners up will bag in 10,000 US dollars and the third place occupants will be awarded 7,000 US dollars.
The fourth placed team will get 5000 US dollars whereas teams which will reach quarterfinals will get 2,500US dollars respectively.
Briefing members of the media yesterday at SportPesa headquarters in Dar es Salaam, the company's Director of Administration and Compliance Tarimba Abbas, urged all the four teams selected to represent Tanzania in the competition to work hard on the pitch to stand a chance of winning a rare opportunity of playing against English side Everton.
"Last year, we hosted the competition in the country but it was unfortunate because no team from the country reached the final.
This time around, we want these teams to put it all on the battle field so that in the end, the country's name flies high in the world since SportPesa is a big brand," Abbas said.
He added that, SportPesa Super Cup is growing each year such that in few years to come, teams from South Africa as well as Zambia where they plan to establish their offices will begin to compete in the tournament hence making it to broaden its coverage across the world.
Furthermore, the SportPesa boss seized the opportunity to congratulate champions Simba for winning the silverware in the first season of their sponsorship, a move he described as an honour to all SportPesa family worldwide.
"When you get a chance to work with the big brand of SportPesa, use the chance wisely and we are all happy because the teams we sponsor are doing well in the Mainland Premier League which is a big plus for us," he said.
In his remarks, a member of Simba Executive Committee Said Tully said, it was disappointing that they failed to do well in the competition last year but insisted that they will travel to Kenya with full squad ready to compete.
"We want to continue our perfect form not only in the mainland league but in other competitions as well hence this is our opportunity to show the world that Simba is a transformed team," said Tully.
Similarly, Yanga General Secretary Boniface Mkwasa lauded the firm for coming up with the contest this year, while insisting that they already started preparations for the tourney.
"Our performance has not been that good in the league due to frequent injuries but now, we have few injury cases and we will deploy a strong team capable to win the cup," Mkwasa said.
In his remarks, Assistant Director of Singida United Shabani Mande said, they will approach the competition with winning mentality bearing in mind that it is the second time for them to take part. "We want to win the competition and let the world know that Singida United is a big team in the country," Mande insisted.
In the same vein, Technical Director of JKU Masoud Attai assured SportPesa that they have got a new son in their family who will not disappoint them.
"Our team is blessed with quality players who will do a great job in Kenya and win the trophy as well as the opportunity to play against Everton in England," he narrated.