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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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Glittering Tanzanite return home

The National women’s U-20 soccer team dubbed ‘The Tanzanite’ returned home on Sunday from Mozambique, after progressing in style to the next round of the U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers. Jubilant National U-20 women’s soccer team, ‘ The Tanzanite’, arrive at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam on Sunday after pulverizing Mozambique 5-1 in Maputo on Saturday to advance to the next round of the African qualifiers of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The gallant Tanzanian girls humbled Mozambique 5-1 in the return-leg match at the Zimpeto National Stadium in Maputo on Saturday to advance on a convincing 15-1 aggregate score. The Tanzanite touched down at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam at 2:30 pm and were greeted by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) officials after an excellent job of mercilessly eliminating Mozambique. The squad led by TFF Executive Committee member Kidao Wilfred is under veteran coach Rogasian Kaijage. The glittering Tanzanite taught Mozambique a lesson in the first-leg tie held at the ultra-modern National Stadium in Dar es Salaam with a 10-0 walloping to qualify for the second round where they face South Africa. The Tanzanite goals in the return-leg match were scored by lethal striker Sherida Boniface who had a hat trick and the other two came from Vumilia Maarifa and Donesia Minja. Speaking on arrival at JNIA, Kaijage said after eliminating the Mozambican girls from the tournament, he is now focusing on preparations for the next round battle against South Africa’s ‘Basetsana.’ On his side, TFF Acting Secretary General Boniface Wambura congratulated the team and their officials for the excellent performance and disclosed that the federation is looking for international trials as part of preparations for the second round. Basetsana progressed to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers after defeating Botswana 2-0 at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg for a comprehensive 7-2 aggregate score. The Basetsana return-leg match against Botswana was just another formality as the South Africans has won the first leg 5-2 away. The Tanzanite host Basetsana in their first leg match of the second round in Dar es Salaam on between December 6 and 8 the return-match will take place in South Africa between December 20 and 22. The FIFA U-20 Women World Cup finals will be held next year in Canada.

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Four-star Yanga take drivers’ seat

Holders Young Africans moved top of the Mainland Premier League table as they maintained their winning streak, thrashing JKT Ruvu 4-0 in a one sided match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. JKT Ruvu right winger, Amos Mgisa (left) vies for the ball with Young Africans left fullback Oscar Joshua during their Vodacom Mainland Premier League match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Yanga won 4-0. (Photo by Mohamed Mambo) Two goals from wing wizard Mrisho Ngassa and a goal apiece from Oscar Joshua and Jerryson Tegete ensured Yanga maximum points and leapfrog Mbeya City and leaders Azam FC at the summit for the second time since the 2013/14 season commenced on August 24, this year. Yanga have collected 25 points, two above Azam and Mbeya City, although they have played one game ahead of the ice cream makers and the Mbeya lads. Both Azam, who are now on the second place and Mbeya City on third were on the sideline. But the defending champions may stay at the top of the table at least for 24 hours depending on the results of today’s match in which Azam will take on Ruvu Shooting at Azam Complex in Chamazi. High flying and debutants Mbeya City will be hosting Ashanti United at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya on Sunday. Victory for Azam today will take them back to the top of the 14- team league and Mbeya City could as well go top tomorrow if they win and hope Azam drop points. Ngassa was on fire in yesterday’s match which was dominated by the Jangwani Street side from the early opening exchange. He scored the opening goal just three minutes from the kick off with a long range shot after dribbling past two JKT Ruvu players. He added the second for his team in the 13th minute, heading home an attacking throw in ball by Mbuyu Twite. JKT Ruvu, who in the past seasons were known for their resistance whenever playing against the country’s two soccer giants Yanga and Simba, failed to replicate such performance. They hardly proved that they deserve that credit as their performance was disappointing. Yanga utilizing well their speeding wingers Ngassa and Simon Msuva outsmarted their opponent’s sloppy defence and the Ernie Brandts charges ought to have come out with a record goal scoring record. In the dying minute of the first half, Yanga got a blow after Twite, suffered a serious injury and failed to continue with the game. He had to be replaced by Ibrahim Job, who managed to fill his gap well. After the break, Yanga continued to pour forward in search for more goals and 3-0 up in the 47th minute, when overlapping left full back, Oscar Joshua netted the third goal, blasting home from Msuva’s well weighed in corner kick to beat goalkeeper, Sadick Mecks. Ugandan striker Hamisi Kiiza, who is chasing Simba’s Amis Tambwe for a ‘golden boot’ wasted unbelievable scoring opportunities.

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Azam, Simba eye pilot’s seat

Simba host Azam FC on Monday in an unpredictable Mainland Premier League match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam that will decide who will occupy the pilot’s seat. National Stadium in Dar es Salaam The match is expected to be tricky for both sides as they tie on points in the league standing. They have bagged 20 points each from 10 games, but Simba are leading the race on goal difference advantage. That’s why today’s match is unpredictable and tough for both sides. Simba, on one hand, need good results in order to continue occupying the driver’s seat. And this requires them to fight hard to ensure they emerge victors. In their last match against Coastal Union at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga on Wednesday, the Msimbazi Reds salvaged a point when they were forced to a goalless while Azam grabbed all three points from JKT Oljoro. Buoyant with the outcome, Azam are eager to maintain their top form and turn the tables against Simba so as to leapfrog them and win the bragging rights. Simba, Azam and debutants Mbeya City are the only sides in the 14-team league that are yet to feel the pinch of losing a game so far. So if any of the two loses today it will be its first defeat of the season. Abdallah ‘King’ Kibaden’s charges, who forced a dramatic 3-3 draw against their arch-rivals Young Africans after trailing 0-3 at the breather, are not expected to repeat past mistakes and will go all out to snatch all three points from Stewart Hall’s lads. Burundian Amis Tambwe and towering Betram Mombeki are expected to lead Simba’s onslaught but it is obvious that they will have a hard time to penetrate the well marshaled Azam defence under captain Aggrey Morris. Azam, on the other hand, will rely on John Bocco and Ivorian Kipre Tchetche to dismantle Simba’s defence built around Gilbert Kaze , Joseph Owino, Nassor Masoud ‘Chollo’ and Idrisa Rashid who may be back in Simba’s starting line up after recovering from injuries. Apart from eyeing the pilot’s seat, Azam will also want to maintain their good form they battle the two soccer giant in the country — Simba and Yanga. Azam beat Yanga 3-2 when they met for the first time this season with the goals coming from John Bocco, Kipre Tchetche and youngster Joseph Kimwaga. A win today will mean they have conquered both giants in the league’s first round. In other matches on Monday, Coastal Union host Mtibwa Sugar at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga, Ashanti United visit JKT Oljoro at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha and Ruvu Shooting play host to Kagera Sugar at Mabatini Stadium, Mlandizi in Coast Region.

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Yanga to chop Ngassa’s salary

Mainland champions Young Africans’ leadership has resolved to refund Simba 45m/- to bring to bed Mrisho Ngassa’s transfer saga and allow the player to feature in Saturday’s top flight league match against Ruvu Shooting at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Mrisho Ngassa However, the player would see five per cent of his monthly salary being chopped off for the club to recover the money in full. Ngassa left Simba in the cold immediately after last season’s league in May and signed a two-year deal with Yanga — a move that sparked conflict between the two giants. It happened that the diminutive winger’s name appeared in list of players recruited by both Simba and their bitter rivals Yanga. Yanga Vice-Chairman Clement Sanga confirmed yesterday that they have decided to shoulder the burden and pay Simba so as to allow the player to feature in the league. “Simba will be paid accordingly and we’ll channel the amount to the TFF (Tanzania Football Federation) as ordered,” said Sanga, who also said that effective this month, the club management will deduct five per cent from Ngassa’s salary to recover the money. Ngassa, who was cleared to feature for Yanga this season by the TFF Legal, Ethics and Players Status Committee, was ordered to refund Simba the said amount for contract termination, failure of which he would not be allowed to play for his new club. The wing wizard was ordered to refund Simba after it was also established that he had signed for Simba and took 30m/- while knowing that he still had a valid contract with Azam. In addition, Ngassa had to pay Simba another 15m/-, as 50 per cent of signing fee compensation. Ngassa, who was playing for Simba on loan, wrongly entered into a contract with the Msimbazi Reds club, while he still had a valid contract with Azam which, according to the TFF rules and regulations, it was prohibited for a club to enter into contract with a player who is already tied to another club. The player’s contract with Azam, who owned him, expired since May and it was from that time when he entered into another contract with his current club — Yanga. The committee endorsed Ngassa to play for Yanga but imposed a six-match ban on him. However, he has completed the six-match ban and is available for selection on Saturday Source Tanzania Daily News

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Simba eye Mbeya City scalp

Mainland Premier League business is set to resume on Saturday with leaders Simba SC looking to make it four wins on the trot as they face Mbeya City at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. A win for Simba on Saturday will see them opening a four-point lead at the top of the table as second and third placed JKT Ruvu and Ruvu Shooting will be on the sideline until Sunday. Simba sits top of the table on ten points from four outings, while Ruvu Shooting and JKT Ruvu are tied on nine points. The Msimbazi Reds launched their campaign at a snail pace, having fought to a 2-2 draw with new comers Rhino Rangers of Tabora at the Ali Hassan Mwinyi on August 24, but recovered to win the following three matches. They beat JKT Oljoro 1-0 at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha, won 2-0 against Mtibwa Sugar at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Saturday and recorded a resounding 6-0 victory over Mgambo JKT on Wednesday. Simba will again be without their skipper, Nassor Said ‘Chollo’, who is nursing injury, and will be out for at least two weeks. He picked a knock in a game against Mtibwa Sugar last Saturday and was ruled out of Wednesday’s win over Mgambo JKT at the National Stadium. Another injury concern for Simba is promising youthful defender, Miraji Adam, who was stretched off the pitch against Mgambo JKT after sustaining what is deemed to be serious injury that could rule him out for a bit longer. However, ‘Chollo’ is confident that the rest of the team members will continue to register good results and keep an early push for the title. Simba head coach Abdallah Kibaden was a delighted man in the wake of his side’s impressive start to season and vowed to keep their feet on the ground. Simba’s defensive performance showed tremendous improvement against Mtibwa and Mgambo JKT after a close-season of inconsistency, and Kibaden will be expected to make a slight change in his back four, which will comprised of goalkeeper Abel Dhaira, Haruna Shamte, Issa Rashid, Gilbert Kaze and Joseph Owino. It has been the watertight defence so far, which has only conceded two goals, while its striking power has bagged in 11 goals already in just four matches. Definitely, Kibaden will maintain the pair of Burundian striker Amissi Tambwe who scored four goals alone on Wednesday and towering hit-mat Betram Mwombeki, who has consistently proved his hunger for goals. With Simba full of confidence after their recent impressive performance, and Mbeya City also boasting a good fighting spirit after holding defending champions Young Africans to a 1-1 draw last Saturday, the clash at the state-of-the-art venue should be an exciting game. Despite a good campaign in the league so far, Simba will need to be at their best shape to overcome Mbeya City as the later proved a hard nut to crack and tend to raise their performance against top teams. Also in action today at various stadia around the country will be a match between Mgambo JKT and Rhino Rangers at the Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga. Prisons who fought to a 1-1 draw with Yanga at the Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya on Wednesday will take on Mtibwa Sugar at the same venue, while Kagera Sugar will play host to Ashanti United at the Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba. The league will continue tomorrow, with holders Yanga will be in action tomorrow against last season’s runners-up Azam FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, in what promises to be ‘big match’ of the weekend. Both teams have experienced a wobbly campaign in the league so far managing on a single victory each and maximum draws in their respective four outings each. Despite an unconvincing performance recently, Yanga’s assistant coach, Fred Felix Minziro, has issued a warning that it was too early to judge whether the team will defend its title or otherwise, insisting that they are re-organizing and will continue to take each league match as its comes. JKT Ruvu will face JKT Oljoro at the Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam, Coastal Union will take on Ruvu Shooting at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga. Source Tanzania Daily News

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