TPDF sports teams get boost

10Sep 2019
Faustine Feliciane
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TPDF sports teams get boost

NATIONAL Microfinance Bank (NMB) has promised to keep on sponsoring Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) sports outfits with a view to seeing to it the latter successfully take part in competitions in and outside the country.

Filbert Mponzi.

The institution issued the promise at a function for congratulating TPDF for promoting golf at the domestic level.

The function, which preceded the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Cup 2019, took place at the TPDF Lugalo Golf Club in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Golf has lately been attracting interest from a good number of people in comparison to the interest in the sport in previous years thanks to TPDF’s efforts, the bank disclosed.

Filbert Mponzi, NMB’s Business Wholesale’s Head, noted the institution will maintain its cooperation with TPDF and support the sports teams.

The bank sponsored CDF Cup 2019, which took place for two days, at Lugalo Club.

The competition was one of activities targeting to celebrate Tanzania’s Armed Forces Day, which takes place on September 1 every year.

"Armed forces are some of key institutions in our country, which has plenty of customers for our bank,” the NMB official noted.

“This has prompted us to support sports in the institution as per the institution’s demands.”

“NMB promises to keep on sponsoring CDF Cup, as well as TPDF sports teams…we have put this into effort with a  view to  fulfilling NMB’s policy on supporting sports.”

“We as well put our weight behind the country’s army squad which participated in this year’s East Africa Military Games, which took place in Kenya.”

Lugalo Golf Club organizes NMB CDF Cup, which is backed by the bank.

This year’s tournament brought together plenty of golfers. The event saw 127 amateur golfers, 19 professionals and 25 junior golfers compete.

Ally Mcharo of TPC Moshi Club was the competition’s overall winner.

The golfer congratulated NMB for supporting the sport, a situation which has played a vital role in raising the sport’s standard.

He called on the institution to keep on sponsoring golf tournaments with a view to nurturing golf players who will win honours for the country internationally.

Participating golf players that grabbed top honours in categories, namely professionals, Divisions A, B and C, Ladies, Ladies seniors and juniors received prizes.

Awards were moreover presented to overall winners in women and men categories.

Mohamed Yakubu, TPDF Chief of Staff, showered praises on NMB for its support to golf and army’s sports teams, which take part in tournaments.

CDF Cup 2019 got 21.7m/- in sponsorship from NMB which has turned out to be one of the sport’s key stakeholders.

NMB handed over 15m/- for financing the country’s army sports teams which took part in this year’s East Africa Military Games.