The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
RISING tennis star, Emmly George, the country’s number one female player in the 12 years and under category has once again received kit sponsorship from Imbizo Meat Products.
Presented to the 11-year old George last Thursday by Imbizo Meat Products operations manager Tamuka Mujuru were four playing kits, two tracksuits, shoes, three cans of tennis balls and a racquet.
Mujuru said they sponsored the kit for George to enable her to persist with her blossoming tennis career.
“We are here to present to our tennis star Emmly, our ever winning, ever growing Emmly, we are here to present some few items for her to continue in her career.
She proves every tournament that getting better is in her blood so we are more than happy to support and sponsor her in anyway we can,’’ said Mujuru.
A grateful George thanked Imbizo for sponsoring her with the kit which she said will really assist her in furthering her career.
“Thank you very much Imbizo for sponsoring me, it will really help me a lot, thank you very much,’’ she said.
Bulawayo Metropolitan Tennis Board chairman, Tarwirwa “Raggs” Chikunichawa thanked Imbizo for supporting the youngster whose dream is to play professional tennis in future.
“On behalf of Bulawayo tennis we would like to thank Imbizo for such wonderful work that they are doing in trying to support the junior players.
It’s going to be a very long journey for us to achieve the professional status that we are trying to achieve with Emmly George and your continued support will definitely help her develop her skills to the maximum potential that she has,” Chikunichawa said.
One of her coaches, Keletso Malanje said the kit donated by Imbizo helps a lot since Covid-19 had affected sponsorship for athletes.
“I would like to thank Imbizo for helping Emmly with the kit, it also helps when players are going out since Covid-19 has almost derailed sponsorship for all the players.
We really appreciate this, we hope more companies will come in and help out,’’ he said.
Emmly’s mother Tariro also expressed her gratitude to Imbizo for supporting her daughter “I want to thank Imbizo Meat Products for supporting my daughter with the kit.
We thank God for that, we wish their business continues to grow so that they continue to support my daughter in her career because tennis is an expensive sport,” remarked the mother.
It is the second time that Imbizo Meat Products have sponsored kit for George after they first did so at the end of 2020.
Sadly, the sponsorship does not cover the travel, accommodation expenses when she goes to participate in tournaments outside Bulawayo.
As reported by this publication last Sunday, George’s family is struggling to finance her career, which means she might not be able to take part in some tournaments she is meant to participate in this year, especially those outside Zimbabwe should she fail to secure long term financial support, which will inhibit her progress.
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