TFF, soccer stakeholders mourn Mengi

03May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
TFF, soccer stakeholders mourn Mengi

TANZANIA, on Thursday, lost another luminary sports lover, IPP Executive Chairman Reginald Mengi, who passed away in United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Reginald Mengi.

Mengi, who during his life was passionate about sports development and growth in the country, passed away in Dubai. During his life time, Mengi was involved in the development of sports, mainly football.

He was renowned for his philanthropist work in the country and beyond, was an icon, a patriotic Tanzanian and was, as well, the patron for the national U-17 soccer team, Serengeti Boys.

He did his best to see the team qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be played in Brazil, and he promised the team good rewards.

His death is a big blow to the sports fraternity and the country as a whole, due to this, many have poured their moving eulogies to the man, who worked hard to see his country become a prosperous nation in every sector.

During his life, Mengi contributed a lot to sports development in the country as his companies supported and sponsored many national events, which included volleyball and netball championships.

Many have described him as a principled man who loved his country and offered to serve it with patriotism.

“Death has robbed us one of the great statesmen of this country, the pillar of the business community, a man who wanted to see his country prosper, I love his book titled I can, I must, I will,” President John Magufuli posted on his twitter account.

Former Member of Parliament Lazaro Nyalandu said Mengi was an asset to the country and he will cherish the latter’s contribution to the development of the country.

“Mengi was a man who did a lot for his country, the country will missed him a lot,” Nyalandu disclosed in his post.

Tributes also poured from soccer loving Tanzanians, who included Mikumi Member of Parliament, Joseph Haule, alias Professor J, who described the death of Mengi as very shocking to the nation.

“Rest in peace Mengi, we will miss you,” Haule said in his statement.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Tulia Ackson, also mourned the passing of Mengi, whom he described as a true statesman and a patriot to the nation.

“It’s very sad that the nation has lost one of its great sons, Mengi was one of the people who did a lot for the betterment of our nation,” she said.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president, Wallace Karia, also received with grief news of Mengi’s death.

Karia sent condolences to Mengi’s family, relatives, friends and the rest of domestic soccer fraternity for the death.

The TFF boss noted Mengi had offered immense contribution to promotion of the sport in the country, insisting his contribution was still in demand.

“I have been shocked by news of Mengi’s death. We are all witnesses to the way in which he contributed to promotion of the sport from club to national team level, his contribution was truly stillin demand,” Karia noted.

“On behalf of TFF I am sending condolences to his family, IPP Group of Companies, relatives, friends and the country’s soccer fraternity.”

Mengi had closely been supporting Serengeti Boys when the squad took part in this year’s U-17 AFCON tournament, which took place in Dar es Salaam from April 14-28.

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