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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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Yanga members go for general meeting

Mainland champions Young Africans SC will conduct its ordinary members’ general meeting at the PTA Hall in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. Various agenda will be discussed aiming at strengthening unity among the club leadership and its members. According to Yanga’s Secretary General, Beno Njovu, Sunday’s meeting will focus on discussing development and challenges facing the club, which is under the leadership of Yusuf Manji and his assistant Clement Sanga. Njovu said another agenda will be reviewing club’s revenues and expenditures which will present a great opportunity for the members to question their leaders on the subjects. Njovu urged all the club members who are eligible to participate in the meeting to turn up. “Yanga members should turn up and participate fully. They will have the opportunity to question the leadership and to express their feelings and opinions on many issues concerning their club and the team’s development,” he said. The members who are eligible for the meeting, according to the club, are those who are active and have paid for their membership fee. Source Tanzania Daily News

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Williamson: I’m not leaving Gor

Scottish coach Bobby Williamson is not interested in the vacant Young Africans head coach post and will reject any overtures by the reigning Premier League champions to stay at Gor Mahia. Bobby Williamson Seeking a replacement for the sacked Dutch trainer Ernest Brandts, the Jangwani Street club have strongly been linked with the former Uganda Cranes head coach, Williamson, who joined Gor Mahia in June on a one-year contract. And reports suggested Williamson, the former Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Plymouth manager, was scheduled to sign a lucrative deal with Yanga on Monday. But he has reiterated his commitment to Gor Mahia, insisting that he is at the team to stay and that the fans should not be worried. Williamson told supersport. com from Gem where he had taken the team to the Chairman’s home, he was adamant that he would stay on as K’Ogalo coach. “I can assure you I am here to stay and any reports linking me to another place are not official. Yes, teams have sought my services but I have a job to do at Gor for now,” he said. Williamson, who helped Uganda win three East and Central Africa (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012, was previously linked with a move to Premier League giants Simba. Brandts was shown the exit door following his squad’s dismal performance that was capped with a 3-1 thrashing by archrivals Simba in a friendly derby match dubbed ‘Nani Mtani Jembe’ held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam a week ago. The defeat led to the former Dutch defender to be handled a 30-day notice to leave the club, with the 24 times Vodacom Premier League champions immediately starting a search for a new coach to fill the post. A host of local and international coaches are said to have been shortlisted for the job. Among the names mentioned was that of Juma Mwambusi, who has done a brilliant job with the league debutants Mbeya City in the first phase of the Mainland Premier League in which they finished in the top three. But Mwambusi quashed the rumours over the weekend, saying he is focused on winning big for his Mbeya City team. Mwambusi, one of the highly rated local coaches, said he has never been in contact or contacted by Yanga officials concerning the matter and currently he is focused in the preparation of his team for the league’s second phase and the forthcoming Mapinduzi Cup tournament. Yanga are also understood to be in contact with former AFC Leopards head coach Luc Eymael who recently declined an offer from Egyptian giants Ismaily. Eymael was quoted as saying that a deal from Yanga would be hard to resist. “I have been in touch with them for a possible move and I hope all will go fine. I declined the Ismaily deal because it didn’t look appealing enough and the league was also suspended for long so I did not want to make that step,” he said. “But for Yanga, a deal will be hard to resist because they are a big team, with good players and with my experience, having coached teams in that region, I think I will do well for the club.” Source Tanzania Daily News

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Simba, Yanga match rescheduled to Dec 21

The eagerly awaited friendly match between giants Simba and Young Africans dubbed ‘Nani Mtani Jembe’ has been pushed forward to December 21, this year. National Stadium in Dar es Salaam The match organised and sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, a Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) brand which sponsors both teams, was earlier planned to be staged on December 14 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam but the organisers felt it was wise to push it forward until the end of the ongoing CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya. Kilimanjaro Premium Lager brand Manager George Kavishe said in Dar es Salaam that the match has been pushed forward because of several reasons, which include to give players of the two clubs who are with the Mainland soccer squad ‘Kilimanjaro Stars’ and Zanzibar Heroes more time to rejoin their teams ready for the match. It also aims at giving more time to fans of the two giants clubs to participate in the current ‘Nani Mtani Jembe’ promotion to earn points for their respective teams to win a portion of 100m/-. Kavishe added that Simba, who led their archrivals at the beginning of the promotion have now been overtaken by Yanga who have so far collected 76 m/- while Simba have bagged 24m/-. Apart from that, the income generated from the match gate collection will be distributed evenly among the two clubs. Yanga have five players in the Kilimanjaro Stars who have qualified for the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. They are Deogratius Munishi, Kelvin Yondani, Athuman Idd, Frank Domayo and Mrisho Ngassa while Simba have three — Amri Kiemba, Haruna Chanongo and Ramadhan Singano ‘Messi’. The match is expected to be mouthwatering after the two teams shared the spoils in the last game of the Mainland Premier League’s first phase which ended in a 3-3 draw. And according to the contract signed between the clubs, TBL and Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), both teams are required to field first eleven teams. Yanga representative Mussa Katabaro, who is the member of Executive Committee of the Jangwani street based club, confidently told a press conference that they are going to thrash their rivals and urged their supporters to flock at the National Stadium to witness the killing of the beast. Simba Secretary General Evodius Mtawala pleaded to the club supporters to participate effectively in the ‘Nani Mtani Jembe’ promotion to ensure they overturn the deficit and help their club win a good sum of money. Mtawala was also pleased with the change of the match date, saying it has come at the right moment as Simba’s newly hired Crotian coach Zdravko Logarusic demanded three weeks to work on his squad and put it in good shape. By BETRAM LENGAMA, Tanzania Daily News

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Yanga ‘breathe’ on stadium project

Giants Young Africans’ request for allocation of a piece of land for ambitious new stadium project in Jangwani area will be determined before the end of next month, when the Ilala Municipal Council officials meet to discuss the matter. Kaunda Stadium This was said on Friday by the Ilala Municipal Council Mayor, Jerry Silaa, after a brief meeting with Yanga leaders, members of the club’s Elders Council and project committee members, led by Francis Kifukwe. He ordered the Chairman of the urban planning and environment committee in the municipality to take Yanga’s request to the next committee meeting in November, as an added agenda and discuss it and conclude the matter and forward the decision to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement for further action. Yanga’s request on the extension of a piece of land for the state-of-the-art 40,000 stadium project dubbed ‘Jangwani City’ seemed to he heading towards snags but the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Saidi Meck Sadiki intervened and ordered the Ilala Municipal Council authorities to respond to the club’s request. The club officials paid a brief visit at the mayor’s office to present their official request and designs of intended construction of ‘Jangwani City’ at the Jangwani area in Ilala municipality. Silaa assured Yanga leaders that the matter will be addressed accordingly at the municipal level before the end of November and later carried forward to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement for further action. “This is a big issue and the Regional Commissioner issued a directive which we are working for. The request has officially reached my office so with my team, we will work on it accordingly and forward our decision to the Ministry for further action,” Silaa told Yanga officials. Silaa praised Yanga for coming up with the ambitious project which, he said if approved will transform the Jangwani area and enable the municipality to have an ultra modern stadium which will be the second only to the 60,000 seats National Stadium built in Temeke municipality by the government. Yanga have requested for an additional area of about 11 hectares which will enable them to carry on with the Jangwani City project. Yanga own an area with 3.59 hectares which they got its title deed in 1972. Earlier, Chairman of the construction committee Francis Kifukwe, said if things go as planned, construction work will begin immediately and will be completed in two years. The project is estimated to cost the club $ 50million (about 70m/-) up from earlier projection of 40m/-, Kifukwe, who is also a club member of trustees said. Speaking after Silaa’s promise, Yanga Elders Council, Secretary General – Ibrahim Akilimali expressed his gratitude to the mayor on behalf of his colleagues, saying they have been relieved with the promise and believe the matter will be solved soon. The proposed construction plan was set to start in June, this year, but three months down the line nothing is happening. November, last year, Yanga signed an initial agreement with Chinese firm, Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) for the construction of the former Kaunda Stadium – constructed in early 70s and used for training only

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Simba may lose Bunju plot

Simba Sports Club risk losing their plot located in Bunju, the outskirts of the Dar es Salaam, if they dilly-dally in developing it. This follows a warning by President Jakaya Kikwete against the evil practice of hoarding large chunks of land without developing them as it retards national development and impoverishes subsistence farmers. The president has ordered the government to repossess the land if the holders fail to offer convincing explanation. Ministry of Land and Human Settlement, Information Officer Rehema Isango confirmed to the ‘Daily News’ yesterday that the Msimbazi Street club owns an area at Bunju which was among 20,000 plots sold to the public by the Kinondoni Municipal Council. “Simba have already settled their bill and now own a plot at Bunju where they plan to construct a stadium. They already have a title deed but I don’t know when construction work will start,” said Isango. She further said that Simba have paid about 90m/- to obtain the land, the amount which was paid in instalments. Simba and their archrivals Young Africans aspire to construct ultra-modern stadiums for their clubs, but it seems there are a lot of setbacks on implementation of their plans. Simba Chairman Ismail Aden Rage, who is also Tabora Urban Member of Parliament (CCM), was once recently quoted as saying that if it had taken the government almost 50 years to construct an ultra-modern stadium, how could a club like Simba do it in a short period, a statement that was interpreted to mean it will take the club a bit longer to erect its stadium. However, two years ago Simba announced to have contracted a Turkish firm, Petroland Alliance Company, to construct an ultra-modern stadium with the capacity to accommodate 60,000 fans that will serve as their home ground.

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RC steps in Yanga stadium saga

Young Africans stalled ultra modern stadium project has taken a new twist, following an intervention by the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Saidi Meck Sadiki, who has directed the authorities to resolve the land impasse. Kaunda Stadium RC Sadiki, who was in a company of several other government officials, visited and inspected the Jangwani area on Wednesday and instructed the Ilala Municipal Council officials to respond to Yanga’s request on the extension of a piece of land for the stadium project dubbed ‘Jangwani City’. “It is not fair to sit on people’s requests for so long, it is important to tell them whether their request has been granted or not,” said Sadiki. The RC accompanied by officials from Ilala Municipal Council, National Environment Management Council (NEMC) and Urban planning from the municipal witnessed part of the club’s area which is earmarked for the project has been invaded by dwellers, who have set up make-shift and permanent structures. Sadiki also directed NEMC to make an environmental impact assessment in the area, to determine whether there are any environment disasters which may be brought about by the project intended to take place there. He also urged the authorities concerned with urban /city planning in the municipal to examine the area in order to identify the location of the club’s boundaries and to identify people who have invaded the area. The order came after recent complaint by the Jangwani based club that their plans to construct a new stadium close to their club house in Dar es Salaam, has failed to take off because of what they said failure by the city fathers to allocate them with more piece of land for the project. A club member of trustees, Francis Kifukwe said early this week that their attempt to get a piece of land from the Ilala Municipality for the project to take off has so far failed, despite repeated requests to the authorities. Kifukwe, who is the former club President, Katundu complained that there have been unnecessary delays from the Ilala Municipality and ministry to respond to their request. It is anticipated that the venue will be the second biggest in the country after the government-owned National Stadium also located in the city. Apart from accommodating up to 40, 000 spectators, the facilities is also expected to offer players hostel, sports clinic, supermarkets , cinema halls, shopping malls, Recreational and Open spaces and parking lot to mention but a few. “In order to achieve our plans of setting up ‘Jangwani City’ that will have the best sporting infrastructure around the country, the club’s leadership had put in an application for an additional piece of land from Ilala Municipality and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development with reference number YASC/ARDHI/MWK/YM/46 / 2012 and YASC/ARDHI/ MWK/YM/47/2012 of December 12, 2012, but no response has been made to-date,” he said. He said in July this year, the club’s leadership and board of trustees wrote to the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, to request for his assistance but still nothing tangible has come about. The proposed construction plan was set to start in June this year, but three months down the line nothing is happening. November last year, Yanga signed an initial agreement with Chinese firm, Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) for the construction of the former Kaunda Stadium– constructed in early 70s and used for training only. Meanwhile Yanga has denied land tax liability which the club is alleged to have failed to pay since 1997. The issue of land tax liability has emerged after the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development through its Press Officer, Rehema Isango claimed that the Jangwani club has not to pay their land bill for nearly 15 year. Yanga’s spokesman, Baraka Kiziguto said the club doesn’t have that report of unpaid land tax and was surprise by what he claimed to be ‘unfounded’ claims. Early yesterday, Isango acknowledged that the ministry had a copy of Yanga’s request on land extension but said such matters were being handled by the respective city or municipal authorities. However, she cautioned that part of the area in question has been earmarked by the government to set up a city park. By BETRAM LENGAMA, Tanzania Daily News

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