Arusha. A soccer tournament aimed to promote tourism kicks off at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium here on Saturday with the eventual winners promised Sh10 million kitty. Already 15 teams from Arusha and Karatu have confirmed to participate, according to the event’s coordinator, Simba Kitwano.
The teams will be put in two groups with Group A playing at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, while Group B sides will battle it out at the Karatu Stadium. “The final match will be played in Arusha and the winners will go away with Sh10m besides the trophy,” he told reporters here at the weekend. (
The tournament is aimed at promoting tourism in the northern circuit, which attracts about 80 per cent of tourists visiting Tanzania annually, according to Kitwano.
While Arusha is the hub of the multi-million dollar industry, Karatu serves as a gateway to the world famous tourist sites such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.
Teams that have so far confirmed their participation include Kaloleni FC, Bougavilla ,Sanu, Daladala and Future Stars, all based in Arusha.
Others are Crater Giants, Beach Boys, Bashay FC, Afrika-Amini, Mbuni, Viwawa, Royal, Bodaboda, Kifaru and Ngorongoro Serena.
According to Kitwano, the event’s main sponsor is Felix Kimomole from Tudy Group.
The runners up will get Sh5 million while the third winner will pocked Sh2m besides the trophies.
He added that the competition will be held annually in order to turn around the country’s football fortunes as well as promote tourism, the leading foreign exchange earner for the country.