The biennial tournament brings together the continent’s 20 best golf playing countries TLGU President Mbonile Burton confirmed to the ‘Daily News’ yesterday that the invitation was on her table saying the Union has now set sight to seek support from the corporate sponsorship to prepare the team for the prestigious event.
“Getting the opportunity to send a team to Gaborone will be exiting for us, but we’ll definitely need funds to support our national team preparations, pay for trip charges, accommodation and meals,” said Burton.
The TLGU boss promised to begin preparation in earnest and welcomed support from companies. She insisted that Tanzania was capable of lifting the trophy after impressively finishing second behind South Africa in the 2010’s edition which took place at the IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja, Nigeria.
“We need to step up gear a little bit and we can be a really force in Africa. We’ll need to evolve the winning strategy and our focus should definitely be to dislodge the dominance of South Africa,” said Burton. South Africa has won all previous ten editions of the biennial tournament, with an exception of Egypt, which emerged champions in 2006 edition.
The tournament was first held in Zimbabwe in 1992. The All Africa Challenge Trophy came from a humble beginning. In 1981 Tessa Covell, then President of the Zambia Ladies’ Golf Union, was invited to take a team of lady golfers to India to play in the “All India Championships”.
The idea of an All Africa Championship appealed to them and after much consultation over the next nine years, and her move to Zimbabwe, the time was right for the inception of the All Africa Challenge Trophy.
An important thought that generated this initiative was the fact that none of the African countries were realistically able to compete in the World Championships, the Espirito Santo – their golfing standards simply needed a home grown training ground, rotating within the geographical area.