NBC offers insurance services to football players, families
National Bank of Commerce (NBC) Limited, the main sponsor of this season's Premier League, has launched a new sports insurance service for players, the technical bench, and their families to ensure better health care for players participating in the league, especially in the event of a health crisis.
The service offered through partnership with Britam and Sanlam insurance companies includes health insurance and life insurance will include 640 players participating in the NBC Premier League, technical benches, and their families.
Speaking during the launch of the service held in Dar es Salaam yesterday and attended by various football stakeholders in the country, NBC Bank CEO, Theobald Sabi, said among other benefits, the insurance would help provide players the freedom to showcase their talent without fear of going through a difficult time in the face of a catastrophe on the pitch including injury.
"This service will give players the ability to get the best treatment locally and even abroad when needed. Through this service, players will as well receive income benefits if a player suffers permanent damage or loss of life and other benefits include the players receiving a spinal benefit when they have an accident and fail to continue playing football," he said.
He said that as the main sponsor of the league, NBC Bank is committed to ensuring that the sponsorship touches every area of the game's development, including the whole issue of players' well-being, including their health.
The move by NBC Bank has been supported by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Services and Development under the Chairman, Stanslaus Nyongo.
Nyongo congratulated the stakeholders for the important service said it will help improve the quality of the league as the players will play freely and peacefully thus showing the best standards.
Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president Wallace Karia congratulated the NBC Bank, and Sanlam and Britam insurance companies for the service.
Karia said the move is historic and that the action of the stakeholders supported the federation's strategy and the government's in promoting the sport in the country.
The TFF leader revealed: "At this stage today I would like to say that NBC Bank is not only a sponsor of the Premier League but also an important partner in promoting this sport. For a long time, we have been experiencing health challenges for our players and the whole issue of treatment has been a challenge due to various reasons including financial difficulties facing many clubs in the country.''
''Through this service, we are going to end this challenge… we are very grateful to our NBC colleagues for achieving this,'' he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Insurance Company, Hamis Suleiman, and the Chief Executive Officer of Britam Insurance Company, Raymond Komanga, explained the importance of insurance services to players in the country, promising to provide better services to the beneficiaries so that they can fulfill their responsibilities when they are on the pitch without risking the health of themselves and their families when they face health challenges on the field.
Representatives of clubs participating in the league including Frank Lukwaro, the spokesperson for Polisi Tanzania, and Masau Bwire, Ruvu Shooting information officer, said the move is going to inspire more players in the league.
The officials disclosed that many clubs participating in the Premier League have been spending lots of money on the treatment of injuries so the service is a saviour for them.
“We have been waiting for this service a long time and now it has come as a saviour for us and our youths.''
''Most of our clubs are not able to provide the best treatment for our players, especially when they need to be transported abroad for treatment. NBC has been a saviour to this, we are very grateful," he said.