MATERO member of Parliament Miles Sampa has pledged to sponsor tennis ace Edgar Kazembe in future tournaments.
Sampa said Kazembe, who hails from Matero, deserves to be supported because he has demonstrated to be a committed sportsman.
He said he will sponsor Kazembe in local and international engagements.
Sampa said this in Lusaka on Sunday during an award ceremony for Kazembe and Matero United Football Club, who recently won promotion to the Football Association of Zambia Division Two.
“Today, we want to recognise a very committed tennis player Edgar Kazembe, who hails from Matero. The young player has shown zeal and commitment in the sport of tennis and deserves our support. I hereby announce that we will support Kazembe in future tournaments,” he said.
Sampa is also Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry.
And Kazembe said the gesture will see him compete in a number of major international tournaments.
Kazembe said he restricted himself to regional tournaments due to financial constraints.
In August this year, Kazembe travelled by road to Nairobi for the Kenya Open Tennis Championship and reached the semi-finals.
Among the major titles Kazembe won this year were the Zambia Open and Malawi Open.
“Finances have been my major obstacle but I will now consider entering in a number of major international tournaments,” Kazembe said.
Meanwhile, Sampa has urged youths in Matero to use sport as a tool to promote peace.
Sampa also implored youths to take sport seriously as it could create employment.
On Matero United, Sampa congratulated the team for performing to expectation this season.
He, however, challenged the team to win promotion to Division One next year.
“My gratitude goes to Matero United technical bench for leading the team this far and also the Deputy Mayor of Lusaka Mulenga Sata for the support rendered to the team,” Sampa said.
Among those rewarded are top scorer Kenga Siame, Adido Siwila bagged the most disciplined player award, Augustine Geshi was crowned best player and coach Philemon Chilengi.