Mbowe Cup slated to kick off in Kilimanjaro
by Arusha Times Correspondent
Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe has donated sports gear, including jerseys, worth Sh. 10 million to 16 teams in Kilimanjaro region.
The sports items would be used by the teams to compete for Mbowe Cup which would be inaugurated shortly in the region, according to the private assistant of the opposition politician, Nonde Totitan.
The competition is slated to kick off on October 18th.
He said during the hand-over, that all 16 teams would be involved in the tourney which will include soccer matches.
The competition will be held on knock-out basis and that the winning team will be awarded Sh. 500,000 while the first and second runners-up will walk away with Sh. 300,000 and Sh. 150,000 respectively.
The official said Chadema, whose national chairman is the Official Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, was keen to develop sports and build talents through supporting teams at the grass-root levels.
"Our aim is to build talents among the youth so that we could have good sportsmen and women who can represent the country in international competitions," Mr. Totitan explained.
The party's chairman in Hai district James Mushi said the competition was open to all people irrespective of their political affiliation and that his party had only played the role of initiating it.
"I urge the people of Kilimanjaro and Hai not to associate Mbowe Cup tourney with inter-party rivalry. We are only keen to promote sports in our country", he pointed out.
He called on stakeholders to re-introduce sports games starting with primary schools in order to build talents and produce winning teams for the region and the country.