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Yanga Defeats Champion Azam In 2015 Community Shield Final

Dar es Salaam: Young Africans SC emerged as the league winner of 2015 Community Shield defeating Azam FC with 8-7 in a match held yesterday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. This is the second consecutive win for the Yanga against Azam, the champion of CECAFA Kagame Cup, with two spectacular penalty saves by goalkeeper Ally Mustafa. Yanga ...

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Okwi leads Yanga against Ruvu

Ugandan striker Emmanuel Okwi is expected to start today as defending champions Young Africans face Ruvu Shooting at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in a cut throat Mainland Premier League encounter. Emmanuel Okwi Title rivals Azam FC and Mbeya City will also be in action today. Table toppers Azam will be at their home ground; Chamazi Complex to face rejuvenated Tanzania Prisons, while third placed Mbeya City travel to Tanga to face Coastal Union at the Mkwakwani Stadium. Both Azam and Yanga will be retuning to the local league, after two weeks break to allow them launch a successful campaign in the CAF club competitions. Yanga, who are second in the league table on 35 points, are the country envoys in CAF Champions League and they successfully dispatched Komorizine of Comoro in the preliminary round by 12-1 aggregate to set up a date with holders Al Ahly of Egypt. Azam were dismissed in CAF Confederation Cup after suffering a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Ferroviario de Beira. They won 1-0 in the first leg but suffered a 2-0 defeat in the second leg in Beira. For the past few days Yanga have arduously been gunning up for this crunch clash in the city, knowing that a win will pave their way to league glory this season. With two games in hand, Coach Hans Van der Pluijm team should be viewed as favourites in this title race. The yellow-green sporting side, have experience and importantly, they know how to finish the race and retain the trophy they won last season. Dutch Coach Pluijm admitted that he does not have a clear picture and strength of the opponents they will face today but he is convinced that Ruvu Shooting who sits fifth in the league table on 25 points will provide a stiff resistance against his side. He told the club’s website that “We’re well aware that it won’t be an easy game for us but we’re well prepared for the battle. Our players are in good shape and the good news is that we’ve no injuries and this will give us a bit of selection headache.” Offensively, Yanga’s hopes rest on Ugandan goal poacher Hamisi Kiiza, Didier Kavumbagu and Mrisho Ngassa. They have the most potent striking force in the league and certainly, present an utmost challenge to Ruvu Shooting and with top striker Emmanuel Okwi available, coach Pluijm will be rich in attacking selection. Reports within the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) suggest that Okwi’s licence from CAF has been secured and the player is free to be used by his new club for both local and international assignments. However, the fact that Ruvu Shooting are not playing for survival, would mean that pressure will be on Yanga to snatch maximum points. Ruvu Shooting will certainly be playing to keep their mid table status strong. The day will also see Azam confronting Tanzania Prisons. Azam on 36 points are on top of the 14 teams’ league and with two games in hand, a win for the ice cream makers against Tanzania Prisons will continue to throw the title race wide open. Azam, who are craving for their first ever top flight silverware, could open a four point lead if Yanga and Mbeya city slip up. Mbeya City will be up against Coastal Union, who have only managed two points in the second round of the league so far. Tomorrow, fourth placed Simba will play against JKT Ruvu at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam

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Tanzania Premier League battle resumes

After almost two months of recess, whistle will be blown this evening for the final lap of the Mainland Premier League, with four matches expected to be played at different venues in the country. And both the title race and relegation battle are expected to be raging until after the last round of matches this April. The main focus will definitely be on giants Simba and Young Africans, as well as emerging giants Azam FC, while battle for the title and Champions League and Confederation Cup places also promises more excitement. Apart from the three big teams, other teams have also been busy putting up final preparations for the last round of the league. Like Yanga who have spent twoweek training and playing build-up matches in Turkey, Tanga’s Coastal Union also camped in Oman, where they also spent at least two weeks. It is expected their stint will add much flair to the league. Mbeya City who surprised many in the first phase of the league and Mtibwa Sugar of Morogoro are likely to continue putting pressure on the giants and much more is expected from the rest of the teams basing on the kind of preparations they have had. Teams such as JKT Ruvu, Ruvu Shooting, Kagera Sugar, Prisons, Mgambo JKT, Ashanti United, Rhino Rangers and Oljoro JKT are also showing seriousness to challenge in the league and avoid relegation, the fact that will make the league exciting. But today’s main focus will be at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam where defending champions Yanga will be seeking a perfect start to refresh their title retention campaign, when they take on Ashanti United. Pace setters Yanga are top after piping Simba at the post last season and Dutch coach Hans Van Der Plyum is determined to retain the title. He will, however, be without Uganda’s International striker Emmanuel Okwi, who has proved to be vital in their squad after the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) halted his registration with the club due to emerged transfer controversies. Okwi will be a ‘big miss.’ He has so far emerged as a potent weapon for the Jangwani Street side, scoring almost in each game that he has been involved. He started against his former club – Simba — when he netted a consolation in a 3-1 ‘Nani Mtani Jembe’ clash on December 21, last year. He went on scoring for his new team in each friendly match they played in Antalya, Turkey, where they have set up a twoweek camp. However, the Dutch coach still has striking firepower in the likes of Didier Kavumbagu, Hamisi Kiiza and Jerryson Tegete, who will definitely be spearheading his attack.

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Simba, Azam eye final slots

Mainland giants Simba and Azam will look to secure themselves a place in the final of the Mapinduzi Cup when they respectively entertain Uganda’s envoys URA and Kampala City Councils (KCC) in thrilling semi-final ties on Friday. Dar es Salaam tycoons Azam, who are seeking to win their third Mapinduzi Cup title in a row, face a tricky test against KCC in the first semi-final match scheduled to kick off at 4:00pm. Azam marched into the semis after beating Spice Cloves 2-0 in a quarter-final match played on Wednesday at Gombani Stadium thanks to Aggrey Morris and Waziri Salum second half strikes. KCC, meanwhile, defeated Tusker from Kenya 4-3 on postmatch penalties following a barren draw in the 90 minutes of the game played at Amaan Stadium. Azam will have to be at their best to overcome the in-form KCC, who went unbeaten in the knockout stages, winning all their games. The second semi-final will take place from 8:00pm pitting record Mapinduzi Cup winners Simba against Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), due at the same venue. Simba will be vying to go a step further in their quest to end a barren run in the championship. The Msimbazi Reds have failed to win the tournament for the past two years, ending their four-year dominance. Simba assistant coach Selemani Matola has declared that his side has a better chance of playing in the final of the annual event. Speaking after his side beat home team Chouni 2-0 to reach the last four on Wednesday, Matola was optimistic that his side is capable of wrestling the title back from Azam. “We have been playing well so far and I hope we will be able to continue with our good form,” the former midfield maestro said. Matola believes that Simba have a good team and some really decent young players, who can make the difference for the team and expects the players to be at their best against URA. “I know URA are a good team and they will be all out for a win but we believe in our squad and I think we have a good chance to reach the final,” he added. While Matola and his team harbour hopes of reaching the final, URA, are certainly sharing the same ambitions and will be all out to silence the Msimbazi Street-based outfit. URA nudged through into the last four after edging out host team KMKM in the quarters, with midfielder Owen Kasule netting the only goal of the game in the 43rd minute. The highly-anticipated semi-final clash between Simba and URA should look somewhat familiar to most followers of the regional football, considering the match features two teams that have met quite a few times before. URA have always proved a tough nut to crack when they come against Simba in friendly or competitive matches. The last time the two teams faced off was in a pre-season friendly match, in which Simba suffered a 2-1 defeat at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in July last year.

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Yanga in cloud nine as Okwi lands

At last, Ugandan striker, Emmanuel Okwi jetted in Dar es Salaam, ready to join his new club, Young Africans –the club he has signed two years contract to serve. Ugandan striker Emmanuel Okwi (second right) is mobbed by Yanga fans shortly after he arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam to join his new club. (Photo by Evance Ng’ingo) Yanga signed Okwi early this week on a two-year deal and yet FIFA had provisionally released the player to join Ugandan side SC Villa from Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel, a move which only sparked tug-of-war between Yanga and Okwi’s former club Simba SC. It was a mixture of jubilation and commotion at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), in Dar es Salaam, as hundreds of thousands of Yanga fans thronged to welcome their new signing, well known for his penchant speed, nimble footing, skills and goal scoring instincts. Chairman of Yanga’s International Committee, Seif Ahmed ‘Magari’ and a member of the club’s Executive Committee, Mussa Katabaro were at hand to welcome and pick Okwi at the airport. He was whisked away through the VIP gate to avoid commotion at the ordinary arrival gate, where fans had packed to the brim, forcing police and other security officials to work tirelessly to ensure order prevails. It took time and efforts, which included police escort for the former Simba SC and Uganda Cranes ace striker to reach out for a car that picked him at the airport as Yanga fans mobbed him, singing and dancing in jubilation and mocking their rivals Simba SC. “I’ve come to work with Yanga,” Okwi told journalists shortly after coming out of the airport, donning a number 25 Yanga jersey, which is his prominent number when he was with Simba. “I’m here to do my job… other issues related to my contract will be dealt with the relevant authorities,” he said when asked on the clarity of his transfer from SC Villa to Yanga. Okwi was earlier set to arrive in the country on Wednesday but he did not turn up as expected, leaving Yanga fans puzzled. On his side, Yanga Chairman of the Players registration Committee Ahmed Bin Kleb laughed off claims that his club will lose Okwi’s battle, insisting that they have followed all required procedures to recruit the player. “There is nothing wrong for Yanga fans to worry …everything is clear and Okwi will definitely play for Yanga in Mainland Premier League and Champions League,” confidently said Bin Kleb. He said Okwi straight away joined the team’s camp in Dar es Salaam ready for their tomorrow’s ‘Nani Mtani Jembe’ clash against Simba at the National Stadium. In a ground-breaking move in January 2013, Etoile du Sahel signed Okwi from Simba on a three-year deal worth $300,000 (about 450m/-). However, six months down the road, Okwi decided to walk away and returned back to Uganda, claiming that Etoile du Sahel breached his contract. Simba also claimed that they have not received a single transfer penny from the Tunisian club and have since petitioned the matter to FIFA. “I have never received my sign-on fee from Etoile du Sahel as I was promised and my salary was defaulted on, too”, Okwi said then and perhaps that status has not changed.

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Sadness and joy as Tanzania marks Uhuru Day

A Military parade, mass displays and several other festivities are scheduled at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar ...

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Brandts takes Yanga players to gym

Mainland champions Young Africans are busy keeping fit for the ‘Nani Mtani Jembe’ friendly match against their archrivals Simba SC set for December 21 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Ernie Brandts Yanga players are attending gym session at the Infinity Centre in Tegeta, Dar es Salaam. They have also been training at Coco Beach in Oysterbay for endurance. Coach Ernie Brandts said his players are responding well to each training session and hoped they will be in top form ready for the clash against Simba and the final phase of the Mainland Premier League, kicking off next month. “My players need to keep fit and we felt it was important to conduct a series of both beach and gym sessions,” said the Dutch tactician. At the gym, the players were under instructors Sas Sangandele and Thobias Charles. Sangandele said the players are pleased with every bit of the session and insisted the need for football players to attend regular gym sessions to enhance their stamina and physical fitness. By COSMAS MLEKANI, Tanzania Daily News

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