NetOne calls Tanya Muzinda

HARARE - Young Zimbabwean motocross sensation Tanya Muzinda yesterday received a timely boost ahead of her maiden tour of Europe after NetOne unveiled $6 000 for her upkeep during the course of the trip.

The reigning Zimbabwe Junior Sportsperson of the Year is expected to leave for Italy on Friday in the company of her father Tawanda Muzinda where she will participate in the Italy Women Championship.

From Italy, Muzinda will then head to Belgium where she was invited to train at the world’s largest and best motocross race track.

With funds permitting Muzinda is also scheduled to tour France, Germany and the Netherlands where she will participate in FIM sanctioned races.

Yesterday, NetOne became the latest organisation to help Muzinda realise her dream to put the country’s motorsport on the world map and become the first ever black female motocross athlete to compete at an international level.

“Our relationship with Tanya started last year when we sponsored her trip to England where she had been nominated for the Zimbabwe International Women Awards Sportswoman of the year,” NetOne acting-CEO Brian Mutandiro said in a speech read on his behalf by the network’s spokesperson John Nyashanu.

“She went on to scoop the award and thereby flying the national flag high in a manner that has touched the whole world. This year, ladies and gentlemen I am glad to announce that NetOne has done it again, sponsoring Tanya’s training at the biggest motocross facility in the world in Belgium.

“NetOne has chipped in with $6 00. Of course her requirements are mammoth and obviously one organization cannot manage it alone. I therefore call upon the other players in the corporate world to come on board and assist our world champion in the making.”

Tanya’s father said they almost cancelled the tour due to lack of funds.

“We would like to say thank you so much to NetOne for timely intervention. We were almost cancelling the trip but because of you (NetOne) it has made possible,” Muzinda said.

“We are looking forward to the tour and if funds permits she would also tour France, Germany and the Netherlands. Our first stop will be Italy and she will participate there before heading to Belgium.”

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