Sevilla FC set to finish season in Tanzania

20Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Sevilla FC set to finish season in Tanzania

SEVILLA FC have confirmed that they will finish off the season in Tanzania during their La Liga World Challenge tour.


The club will take part in a post-season game against a local club in Dar es Salaam on May 23.


Sevilla, one of soccer giants in Spain also known as ‘The Nervionenses’, will play one of the two most popular teams in Tanzania, Simba SC or Yanga, at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.


The match is part of La Liga World powered by SportPesa, a strand of the La Liga World Challenge project which seeks to expand the Spanish brand throughout the world.


“As a global competition, La Liga must be close to its fans. It's a great opportunity for everyone that our Tanzania fans can see a great club in Sevilla FC up close,” Óscar Mayo, Director of La Liga's International Development, disclosed after sealing the deal that will see Sevilla play in Africa.


'We are working with some of the most prestigious footballing institutions in the world so we considered it necessary to bring an experience of this magnitude to Tanzania, allowing us all to enjoy one of Europe's most emblematic clubs in Sevilla FC,” SportPesa Director of Administration and Compliance, Tarimba Abbas, said.


“Thanks to this agreement with La Liga, the best league in the world, we can show the quality we have in our country and help the level of local football here grow.”


Sevilla FC will be the second European club to visit Tanzania after English soccer giants Everton FC did so in 2017.


Sevilla will return to Africa less than a year after their last time, when they played the Spanish Super Cup final in Tangiers.


They also played in Morocco four years ago, playing a post-season match against Hassania Union Sport d’Agadir.


Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harison Mwakyembe, mentioned SportPesa as part of the country’s success in sports.


Mwakyembe issued the statement at the Parliament in Dodoma when he was tabling the ministry’s budget.


Mwakyembe disclosed his ministry will continue to closely cooperate with its stakeholders that include private sector in an effort to promote sports.


He noted SportPesa, apart from promoting sports, have been part of success in improving infrastructure including laying artificial turf at Dar es Salaam’s Uhuru Stadium and overseeing maintenance of the facility for two years.


The minister noted SportPesa have also overseen successful hosting of SportPesa Cup which has been taking place in Tanzania since it was launched in 2017.


“There is plenty of success in sports in this term and they have come about thanks to the ministry’s good relationships with the private sector and some of companies,” Mwakyembe said.


“SportPesa that has overseen successful hosting of SportPesa Cup in Tanzania since 2017 is among the companies,”


“SportPesa have moreover facilitated the setup of better sports infrastructure, for instance the laying of artificial turf at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam as well as spending two years maintaining the venue.”


“SportPesa have as well overseen successful tour done by England’s Everton FC in Tanzania and the firm announced it will bring Sevilla FC.”’