THE Zambia Motor Sport Association (ZMSA) yesterday received a sponsorship package of K27,000 towards the staging of this weekend’s 2016 Zambia International Rally in Lusaka, which is the third round of the FIA- African Rally championship.
MTN Zambia donated Huawei Ascend Mate7 Android smartphones which will be given to the winning driver and his navigator, and branding at the cost of K15,000 while L and J Fire Services Limited will provide fire protection at a cost of K12,000.
Business development manager at MTN, Mpeza Mbewe, said the company was glad to partner with other corporate entities in ensuring the staging of the event was a success.
Mbewe said MTN felt obligated to share with an association like motor sport that continued to put Zambia on the world map. MTN is honoured to be associated with the up-coming event which brings a lot of exposure to our country. We are happy to also support a different sport away from soccer that has produced legends. The winner of the event and the navigator will receive these latest Huawei Ascend Mate7 Android smartphones,” she said.
L and J Fire Sevices Limited operations manager Chimuka Chongo said the company will endeavour to ensure all the fire protection equipment was available for any eventualities.
“We are again humbled to partner with the association by providing fire protection services at this weekend’s event. The partnership has worked well for us in terms of exposure and this will continue running through the year,” Chongo said.
Meanwhile, ZMSA vice-president Sam Ching’ambu thanked the two sponsors for coming on board and asked for continued support.
Ching’ambu said the association had met their budget of K600,000.
“We are just remaining with one or two things to put in place. The association raised about K366,000 in cash and more than K300,000 in kind. We have received a positive response from our sponsors which is so humbling,” he said.
He said the three FIA officials and the only international driver Don Smith of Kenya who is currently topping the table after two rounds have arrived.
“The FIA officials are from Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. We still have 34 entries for the event which includes one international driver Smith,” he said.
This year’s Zambia International Rally will cover a total distance of 227.11 kilometres; the four stages will be repeated twice.
Smith will face tough competition from Zambia’s Muna Singh Junior and his brother Jassy, Ishmael Shemohammad., Miles Monge and Geofrey Chulu.
The event will run from May 27 to 29 in Lusaka.