2. Mopani Copper Mines chief executive officer Johan Jansen bids farewell to national junior girls tennis champion Natasha Chewe during the send-off ceremony to the Africa Junior Circuit championships in Mauritius.
MOPANI Copper Mines has sponsored three junior national tennis players to this year’s Africa Junior Circuit in Mauritius.
The three players, all from Mufulira Tennis Club, are Under-13 national girls champion Natasha Chewe 11, Richard Simbaya aged 11 and 12-year-old Andrew Chishiba.
Speaking during the send-off ceremony at Mopani Central offices in Kitwe on Tuesday, Mopani chief executive officer Johan Jansen wished the team well saying he had confidence Zambia would emerge victorious.
“They are going to represent Zambia at the International Tennis Federation /Confederation of African Tennis Africa Junior Circuit 2017 in Mauritius. Mopani is proud to be associated with the sending off of a team of players to this Under-13 championship, especially that the three, who constitute team Zambia, are all coming from a Mopani-sponsored club – Mufulira club,”
He said Mopani spent K400, 000 to rehabilitate Mufulira Tennis Club courts in 2015 and was happy that 120 children trained at the new-look facility, resulting in three players representing the nation at a high level.
“It is, therefore, gratifying to note that our investment in the club in terms of infrastructural improvements, finances and other forms of support is now paying off. This is evident from having the entire team Zambia coming from our academy…this is a dream come true for Mopani as we would like to see Mufulira Tennis academy become a pool where talent for mother Zambia could be tapped from. We remain committed to supporting all sports that we are involved in. This is because we understand that sport is not only a form of entertainment but it can be a source of great careers for many boys and girls in years to come,” said Jansen.
And coach Emmanuel Chewe said he had great confidence in Natasha because she had played in three international tournaments before where she did very well.
Chewe said the other two boys also had shown great potential, adding that it was the reason all of them were seeded going into the tournament.