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Sportpesa opens its doors in Tanzania

The Government of the Federal Republic of Tanzania has welcomed and  pledged its full support to leading gaming firm SportPesa after it officially rolled out its operations in the country in Dar-es-Salaam on Tuesday.

SportPesa Tanzania was launched t Hyatt Plaza, with the platform with the company immediately announcing a TSh50m (over USD
22,000) sponsorship for the Serengeti Boys football team that will
play at a youth tournament in Gabon.
Chief Guest and Tanzania Minister for Information, Culture and Sport,
Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe welcomed the company as a valuable partner in
sports development.
“Thank you for seeing enormous potential in Tanzania, not only to
promote sport, but also to create employment and enthusiasm in sports.
“I assure you of my ministry’s support, karibu nchi ya michezo
(welcome to the country of sports). This is an important and unique
chance to develop sports and we will not let this opportunity go,”
Mwakyembe told the gathering.
The minister attended the function having driven 600km from Dodoma to
Dar overnight after presenting the budget proposals for his docket in
Parliament. He explained that SportPesa could not have chosen to
operate in his country at a better time.
“The General Assembly passed my ministry’s budget estimates after a
grueling, tough and marathon debate that started on Friday. People’s
representatives are not happy with the speed of development of sport
in the country now.
“I thank the MPs for being hard on me. SportPesa is my beacon of hope
for developing sport in TZ and maybe next year, they will not give me
a hard time,” Mwakyembe emphasised.
Speaking earlier, SportPesa Director of Administration in Tanzania,
Abbas Tarimba stated;
“We are aiming at altering the face of sports development in the
country as part of our vision. I urge Tanzanians to be patient until
Saturday when we shall announce formally the teams we will partner
with in football
“Tanzania has many talented Bwana Samatas and they shall get their
chance through training camps because what we say, we shall do. In the
next few months, we shall announce big projects in football,” Tarimba
promised.
Interim Betting Control of Tanzania Director General, James Mbawe,
declared SportPesa had been given the license to operate after meeting
all stringent regulations of the gaming industry.
“This is great success for Tanzania because it will increase our
visibility. We are proud of their coming,” Mbawe added.
He underscored sports gaming was the fastest growing industry in
Tanzania, earning the Government TSh21.9bn (over USD 9.79mn) in
revenue in the 2015/16 fiscal year, overtaking casinos that brought
TSh21.2b (over USD9.48mn) to the exchequer.
“Watching football was a social event four years ago but playing to
predict results has established an industry, brought employment and
social projects
“The Government realises the benefits. We shall ensure we protect
winners, families and Tanzania from any adverse effects of sports
gaming,” Mbawe stressed.
All parties will jointly benefit from the existing SportPesa
partnerships with big English Premier League clubs such as Arsenal,
Southampton and Hull City, the first side in the top division to be
shirt-sponsored by an African brand, and hopefully many local
partnerships.
SportPesa was established in Kenya in 2014 and has offices in
Liverpool, Nairobi and now Dar-es-Salaam.

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