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Soccer – Simba Out to Reclaim Top Spot

SIMBA are likely to reclaim the pilot seat, as they face Mbao FC in a tricky Mainland Premier League fixture at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza this evening.

A win for Simba will see them post ten points to leapfrog Mtibwa Sugar, who enjoy the driver’s seat on maximum nine points from three matches.

Simba are currently placed second on the log on seven points from three matches, while Mbao FC are tenth on the league table on three points from three matches.

Simba have kicked off the 2017/18 league season in higher note having scored a total of 10 goals after recording two victories and a draw. They will be looking at maintaining their form when battle for the three points against Mbao.

This will be the first away game from Dar es Salaam for Simba since the opening of the new season. The Msimbazi Reds played all their three games in Dar es Salaam, which saw them recording a resounding 7-0 victory over Ruvu Shooting, before being held to a barren draw by Azam FC and the last weekend’s 3-0 over Mwadui FC.

However, against Mbao, it will be a huge challenge for Simba’s Head Coach Cameroonian, Joseph Omog, who for the past few days has been on firing lines.

Rumours first flew in from old guards about the future of their tactician but the club’s loquacious spokesman, Haji Manara, was quick to dispel the rumours, terming them nothing more than the work of quack soccer analysts, who have never even touched the ball in their lives, let alone seen the inside of a soccer training institute.

It was immediately after the barren draw against the ice cream makers on September 9th at the Chamazi Complex that Dar es Salaam’s rumourville was set in motion, forcing Manara to come out firing on in all cylinders.

Things quickly settled down after a win against Mwadui but definitely, basing on the tradition of Simba and their rivals Young Africans, anything could resurface depending on the match results and this is why, it will be crucial for Omog to lead his charges to victory today.

The tactician will bank his hopes on free scoring striker, Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi, who has so far netted six goals from two matches he has featured for Simba this season.

Lanky striker John Bocco, who netted his first goal for his new club in a win against Mwadui last Sunday, will be targeting to impress the technical bench, so he could be an automatic choice in the starting line up ahead of Laudit Mavugo and Mohamed Ibrahim.

Ghanaian striker Nicholas Gyan will as well be battling to score his first goal since joining the club after failing to do in the game against Azam FC and Mwadui despite proving his capability.

Simba will also be boosted with the return of their maestro midfielder Haruna Niyonzima, who missed the previous game due to injury picked during Azam game.

Going into the fixture, Mbao Head Coach, Etienne Ndairagije assured the team’s supporters good results. Ndairagije, whose team played all three games in away venues, said their first home game will be historic as he hopes to stain Simba’s clean-sheet as well as the unbeaten run.

He said last season Simba were lucky to survive his team’s 2-0 lead scare and end 3-2 victors at the same venue, but it won’t be the same this year. He said his team is well prepared tactically and psychologically for the match.

“My team is improving and we have managed to score a goal in all our matches we have played so far. We are having a new team but now I’m working very hard in order our players to get enough experience” He said.

Mbao opened the season with a win over Kagera Sugar before losing two matches against Singida United and Mtibwa Sugar.

They have netted three goals and conceded four goals. Simba and Mbao have met three times since the Mwanza side was promoted to the top flight league last season and Simba have won all the three matches.

Simba beat Mbao 2-1 to clinch the Federation Cup in a thrilling and nail biting final held at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma. In the two league games, Simba won 1-0 in Dar es Salaam and 3-2 away in Mwanza.

Okwi Magic Destroys Mwadui

SIMBA continue to be serious contenders for this season’s league title following another hefty 3-0 victory over Mwadui at the Uhuru Stadium yesterday.

The victory has placed the Msimbazi Street Boys at the second place, two points behind leaders Mtibwa Sugar who are commanding the helm with 9 points. The yesterday’s results, also wrote a 270 minute cleansheet for Simba with 10 goals in three matches.

Mtibwa have won all three matches of the league without a draw or a defeat. The yesterday clash was again Okwi’s domain as the player netted a brace to consolidate his race for the golden boot. Okwi who netted four goals in his team’s 7-0 win over Ruvu Shooting in the premiership opener, has so far scored 6 goals.

Okwi looked a clear danger in the 7th minute when he fired a long range opener. His power-packed deflected volley gave Mwadui FC goalie Masawe no chance. It was his 5th goal of this season and he become the distance leader in the chase for the golden boot.

Simba started the match strongly with Okwi, Shiza Kichuya and John Boko terrorizing Mwadui defence at their will. Simba could have scored two more goals before the half time, but their hungry scorers narrowly failed targets or blocked by the Mwadui goalkeeper’s efforts. The first half climaxed with Simba a goal ahead. The second half saw Simba coming a rejuvenated side.

The serious raid from Mwadui came in the 56th minute when a tricky corner kick was saved by Simba custodian Aishi Manula. But it took Simba 22 minutes after resumption to add the second goal through Okwi. It was 67th minute when the Ugandan hit-man netted the second goal and the 6th goal of the season.

Okwi completed John Bocco’s efforts and fired home from a cross range. Three minutes, Simba found again the back of Mwadui net.

It was John Bocco made it 3-0 for Simba in the 72nd minute after netting the third goal and his first goal of the season. The two goals in succession paralysed Mwadui as they assured Simba, another hefty victory.

Mwadui seemed to wake up from a slumber in after conceding the third goal with carefully-planned attacks that, however, lacked power to turn into goals. In 73rd minute Hassan Kabunda could score Mwadui’s consolation goal, but his powerful shot was saved by Manula. Simba’s defence manned Juuko Murshidi, Ally Shomari, Salim Mbonde and Mohamed Zimbwe stood firm and didn’t give Mwadui strikers Kabunda and Malika Ndeule chances to see the goalkeeper.

Mwadui’s effort was in the 88th when Ndeule shot over bar a free kick just a few inches outside the danger zone. Mwadui won the free kick after Kabunda was fouled by Simba defenders.

Simba are now 2 points above their traditional rivals Young Africans who on Saturday forced to a 1-1 draw with hosts Majimaji at Majimaji Stadium in Songea.

Yanga who have notched 5 points are 4 point adrift the leaders Mtibwa Sugar. Simba line up: Aishi Manula, Ally Shomari, Mohamed Zimbwe Jr, Salim Mbonde, Juuko Murshid, James Kotei, Nicholous Gyan (Mwinyi Kazimoto), Muzamiru Yassin, John Bocco, Emmanuel Okwi, Shiza Kichuya (Laudit Mavugo).

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Liberia: Simba Essel Energy to Conduct Airborne Surveys Across Its Liberia Block

Simba Essel Energy (CVE: SMB) says Bell Geospace will conduct an airborne survey across Simba’s exploration block in Liberia. Partner Essel Group Middle East (EGME) inked the deal, which will see Bell fly surveys across 2,962 sq. km of the onshore coastal strip of Liberia lying within the known extent of the Roberts-Bassa basin.

“We are very pleased to once again work with Bell Geospace and look forward to beginning the next stage in the development of our Liberian hydrocarbon reconnaissance permit,” said Hassan Hassan, managing director of operations at Simba Essel Energy.

Acquiring FTG (full-tensor gravity gradiometry) data over the onshore/shallow water will provide valuable data which will be critical in planning the future seismic program. he added.

The survey flights will start during the last quarter 2017 and early 2018. Simba has active onshore production-sharing contract in Kenya, final negotiations for a new production-sharing contract in Guinea, a new hydrocarbon reconnaissance permit in Liberia, and production-sharing contracts under negotiations in Chad and Ghana.

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Red-Hot Okwi Hopes to Make Form Count

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Kampala — Is Tanzania’s Simba the club you feel most at home? “Two clubs,” he said, “Simba and SC Villa.”

“One is where I broke through, the one that made me; and the other is one where I have enjoyed a lot of good memories, won a lot of trophies, and where I am always welcome.”

The latest good memories are as fresh as last Saturday, when Simba striker Emmanuel Okwi scored four goals as the Tanzanian giants demolished Shooting Ruvu 7-0 in the league.

With Mohamed Salah scoring one and creating another in Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal in the United Kingdom a day later, Uganda can also boast of their own having the best possible rehearsal for tomorrow’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt at Namboole.

“I feel much more confident,” Okwi told Daily Monitor from the Cranes training at Namboole, “I feel much stronger, and sharper.

Counting his chances

“And I feel this is the best time for me to get a chance to face a team as good as Egypt.” With the retirement of Geoffrey Massa, Okwi will surely count his chances.

He, however, faces competition from Derrick Nsibambi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma, the two strikers who have been impressive for club and country.

At least that is one headache Cranes coach Moses Basena will welcome given that Uganda’s chances against the fluid Egyptians are heavily reliant on winning the game at Namboole before a tougher challenge in Alexandria next Tuesday.

“I do not know what the coach has in mind but I am here to fight for my place but the most important thing is that we win.”

The last time Okwi came up against Egypt, the game ended in a 3-0 away friendly thrashing four years ago, while Uganda’s only win over the Pharaohs remains a 5-1 trouncing in another friendly in 1965.

Egypt have since beaten Uganda 14 times, including a narrow 1-0 victory in Gabon, and drawn on three occasions.

Okwi never made it to Gabon, but admits the Cranes will have to be more astute than they were against Egypt at the Nations Cup if they are to claim the day tomorrow.

“Truth be told I don’t think we did so much as to win,” he said, “They were deserved winners but this is a good opportunity for us and every one of us is pumped up for this game.”

Egypt top E with six points from two matches, leading Uganda by two. Ghana and Congo Brazzaville complete the group, where only the winner will qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup.

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Ojangole, Javier Dismissals Cloud Khc Swans, Simba Victories

By Makhtum Muziransa

Kampala — Even a 3-1 win over Weatherhead, in the women’s National Hockey League (NHL) on Sunday, could not save Faustine Ojangole’s job as Kampala Hockey Club (KHC) Swans coach.

According to sources close to KHC chairman Habib Sewava, the decision to sack the coach whose side had hitherto beaten only Rhinos and drawn once with Deliverance Church of Uganda, ‘was arrived at over a week ago – only implementation delayed’.

Ojangole’s side put up a gutsy performance in his final appearance with defender Vicky Auma and Gorreti Asere deployed as midfield enforcers. Sandra Namusoke will now take over as player-coach.

Patricia Namubiru scored a first half brace while Angela Nakintu added the third in the 47th minute as KHC moved level with third-placed Weatherhead on 10 points but with a -14 goal difference.

Weatherhead have now lost twice – to Rhinos and KHC – and drawn with DCU since star player Siddy Alum moved to Dubai.

Elsewhere, an interesting clash of egos saw Spanish winger Francisco Javier expelled from Simba ahead of their 2-1 over men’s basement side Rockets on Sunday.

Javier clashed with Simba manager and captain Muhammad Ali, during the halftime break of their 4-1 loss to KHC on August 20.

“Javier insists that I complain a lot but I was just talking at the time. I felt that I cannot get the respect of the rest of the team when he says such things so we raised voices,” Ali explained then downplaying their spar.

However on Sunday, it was clear from the moment Simba turned up in replicas of the Real Madrid jersey, for their match that Javier had been thrown out. The jersey had been sidelined since last year because Javier, a Barcelona fan from Catalonia, felt uncomfortable in a rival’s colours.

“If Javier cannot respect founders of Simba, we do not need him,” Ali confirmed on Sunday.

SUNDAY RESULTS

W: KHC Swans 3-1 Weatherhead

M: Simba 2-1 Rockets

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Hand Back Shield, Simba Told

SIMBA have been ordered by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), to hand back the Community Shield they won on Wednesday, for it to be corrected.

Furthermore, several TFF employees are on the cage, following an embarrassing scenario in which a Community Shield awarded to Simba was miss-spelt. Instead of ‘Shield’, the calligrapher wrote ‘Community ‘Sheild’, which raised uproar among sports fans, with many pointing fingers at the federation officials for a blunder.

TFF Media and Communication Officer, Alfred Lucas, apologised for the mess, saying it will be corrected and will not happen again. He said already the TFF Acting General Secretary, Wilfred Kidao, has taken disciplinary measures against the federation employees, who were in charge of handling the matter.

“It is an embarrassing scenario and the TFF as well as Tanzanians, especially football lovers were not pleased with a misspelled word which appeared on the Shield,” he said. However, Lucas could not reveal the names of employees who have been taken to task.

He said the federation has requested Simba officials to hand back the Shield for necessary corrections. Meanwhile, Simba head coach Joseph Omog said his team can achieve even more success after they won the Community Shield on Wednesday.

The Msimbazi Reds drew first blood of the season, beating their traditional rivals Young Africans 5-4 on penalties to lift the Community Shield at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The match had to be decided on penalties after it ended in a barren draw at the 90 regulation minutes and the Cameroon tactician is pessimistic on the team’s striking force, saying massive work need to be done to make it even clinical and ruthless in front of the goal.

“We were not sharp and clinical enough at the final third and we have a job to do to make the striking force much more clinical,” he said, while also showering Yanga’s midfielder, Papy Kabamba Tshitshimbi with lavish praise for a fantastic display.

“He was really a heartbeat of Yanga in the game and his display in the middle of the pack caught us with a bit of surprise,” he said. Simba had to withdraw industrious midfielder, Muzamiru Yassin late into the game and replaced him with Mohamed Ibrahim, who offered much competition to Tshitshimbi in the midfield.

Rwandese midfielder, Haruna Niyonzima, who crossed from Yanga to Simba this season, said the match was tense and pressure on him was mammoth. “I had six distinctive years at Yanga … they are my friends and almost relatives.

It was always going to be difficult for me to face them but I thank God I kept my nerves and played my game well. “I also thank Simba fans for support and respect they showed me and I promise to keep working hard and deliver for the team and make them (fans) happy,’ he said.

His teammate, Emmanuel Okwi, described the Wednesday’s game as among the most difficult derby involving Simba and Yanga he has ever played. “It was a bit difficult for me and my teammates, we expected that Yanga will be a little bit down but they approached the game differently and showed fighting spirit,” he said.

Simba Draw First Blood

SIMBA drew first blood of the season, beating their traditional rivals Young Africans 5-4 on penalties to lift the Community Shield at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, yesterday.

The match had to be decided on penalties after it ended in a barren draw at the 90 regulation minutes.

Attacking midfielder, Mohammed Ibrahim scored the winning penalty after Juma Mahadhi fired Yanga’s sixth spot kick over the bar. Defender Kelvin Yondani missed his opening shot after goalkeeper Aishi Manula parried it off and Simba were on the mark when skipper Method Mwanjale, Emmanuel Okwi, Haruna Niyonzima and Shiza Kichuya all scored but-left back, Mohammed Hussein, who came in as a late substitute, saw his low shot parried off by keeper, Youthe Rostand.

Yanga penalties were netted by impressive Congolese midfielder, Papy Kabamba Tshitshimbi, Thaban Kamusoko, Ibrahim Ajib and Donald Ngoma. It was the fourth time for Simba and Yanga to meet in the Community Shield in which, each side won twice.

It was a slow game as both sides played cautiously throughout 90 minutes. Much concentration was in the midfield and goalkeepers from either side were hardly threatened.

As usual, the hype rose to the frenetic levels prior to the kick off, as applause in the stadium went crazy, especially when the two teams emerged from dressing rooms for pre-match warm ups.

Simba were the first to come out amid deafening chants from their fans and then Yanga came out with Zimbabwean midfielder, Kamusoko leading the way onto the pitch and were also greeted with thunderous applause from their fans.

Before that, it was the battle of supporters as each side sang songs praising their respective stars. Simba chanted Niyonzima and Okwi names, whereas Yanga praised Ajib.

Drums and traditional dances both inside and outside the stadium added flavour to the game with the stands that accommodate Simba followers heavily contested shortly before the kick off.

After the kick off, Yanga were on a front foot, making full use of the midfield with the partnership of Kamusoko and Tshitshimbi proving fruitful on several occasions for the Jangwani Street side.

Just two minutes into the game, Ajib, who otherwise, had a quite game skipped past Mwanjale but the defender, fouled him just before pulling his trigger. Yanga looked more threatening going forward in the first 15 opening minutes, while Simba were slowing things down.

Simba, on the other hand relied much on gifted midfielder Niyonzima, who was all over the pitch unsettling his former employer, partnering with Ghanaian James Kotei and industrious Muzamiru Yassin, while striker Okwi and Kichuya operated on the flanks to feed Burundian Laudit Mavugo, who traded as lone striker.

As expected, much footwork was seen at the middle of the pitch with Tshitshimbi winning much of the balls, while Simba were spreading the balls wide to capitalise on the pace of Kichuya, Okwi and Niyonzima’s creativity.

In the 16th minute, Mavugo nearly found the back of the net, rising up high above Yondani and Andrew Vincent to connect Erasto Nyoni’s long ball inside the box, but his header sailed narrowly wide.

Then in the 19th minute, Niyonzima turned Gadiel Michael inside out to set up Okwi, but the Ugandan drifted his shot wide six yards away. Midway in the first half the game turned from a 50/50 affair as Simba slightly stepped up the gear to win lion share of possession, but lacked killer punch at the final third. Thitshimbi was showing some class in the middle of the pack.

He was smart at stealing and distributing balls. And in the 33rd minute, Mavugo forced his way into the box but his shot came off a defender. Simba continued to be on ascendency and four minutes before the break Niyonzima latched onto a shot pas from Kichuya but drove his shot wide.

After the break, Simba started more strongly and in the 48th minute, Mavugo nearly directed his header into the back of the net from Nyoni’s cross. In the 53rd minute, Kamusoko danced past defender but could not hit the target.

Four minutes later, Simba ought to have gone infront but Okwi will rue a missed opportunity, racing clear past defenders and attempted to round off the keeper, but the Ugandan striker miss-kicked the ball in the process.

Both sides made changes with Juma Luizio coming in for Mavugo, Muzamiru was replaced by Mo Ibrahim and then Mohammed Hussein replaced injured Nyoni, while Yanga introduced Juma Mahadhi for Raphael Daud, while Hassan Kessy replaced Juma Abdul.

In the 78th minute, Emmanuel Martin almost scored for Yanga after outpacing Ally Shomari, but Aishi Manula was well placed to collect the ball.

Simba, Yanga in Crossfire

Each side eager to draw first blood

DERBY clash is back, as giants Young Africans and Simba come head to head at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this evening.

The traditional archrivals, Yanga, who are Mainland Premier League defending champions and Simba, Azam Sport Federation Cup (ASFC) winners, will square up today in the Charity Shield match to usher in the 2017/2018 topflight league campaign.

It’s more than rivalry this time as Yanga begin life without Haruna Niyonzima while Simba look to start without Ibrahim Ajib. The duo stitched allegiances and of course, the two players will be much on focus as in what analysts might call as ‘a painful exchange’.

Ajib who was Simba’s vital player crossed to their rivals Yanga as Niyonzima, the then Yanga’s midfield maestro joined Simba to the dismay of Yanga fans. Following their vital importance before the exchange, analysts and fans are looking ahead to see how the two players cope with the new teammates.

Going into the match though, there is more than AjibNiyonzima showdown as either side will be looking to claim its first title of the season today. Talking victory aside, the match today will give Tanzanians a sense of what to expect in this season’s Mainland Premier League.

The hype is rising to frenetic levels as both camps look determined to register positive results but it is clear that there is no clear favourite both on papers and on the pitch.

Once again, as it has occasionally been the case going into this attention puller fixture, both Simba and Yanga crossed the Indian Ocean to the spicy Islands of Zanzibar as they sought to avoid the destructions of their noisy home city of Dar es Salaam.

While Simba had set up camp in Unguja, their rivals were in Pemba, fine tuning for the game, which is crucial for either side as they seek to make a perfect start to this season’s league.

They camped there for at least one week, and while Simba returned in Dar es Salaam on Monday, Yanga were due back yesterday, ready for the crunch battle.

Joseph Omog side comes into this tie with an impressive pre-season campaign, winning three matches, one draw and a defeat. While in their South African camp, Simba lost 1-0 to giants Orlando Pirates and drew 1-1 to South African Champions Bidvest.

The Msimbazi Reds beat Rwanda champions Rayon Sports 1-0 during their official ‘Simba Day’ bonanza, registered similar victory against Mainland side Mtibwa Sugar, before being held to a goalless draw by Mlandege but concluded their pre-season campaign with a 5-0 rout of Gulioni FC in Unguja.

Similarly, their rivals won four matches and lost once in their pre-season campaign. Yanga beat Singida United 3-2 before going down 1-0 to Ruvu Shooting and later beat Mlandege 2-0 and 1-0 victory over Chipukizi.

They wrapped up their preseason campaign with a 1-0 win over Jamhuri of Pemba at the Gombani Stadium on Sunday. Already, football fans of these two oldest clubs in the country had the privilege to watch their new signings playing in the pre-season matches.

But Yanga fans will be eager to see what their newly signed midfielder Papy Kabamba Tshishimbi, who lately joined the Mainland champions from Swaziland’s side Mbabane Swallows.

They will want to see whether the 27-year old Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) midfielder will be a perfect replacement for Niyonzima and what he will add to the team’s midfield department throughout this season, partnering Zimbabwean Thaban Kamusoko.

He impressed the Jangwani Street giants after putting up a stunning performance during the CAF Confederation Cup clash between Mbabane Swallows and Azam FC at the Chamazi Complex early this year.

Another interesting part of the clash will certainly be on a returning sensational Ugandan striker, Emmanuel Okwi, who has never spared Yanga. Okwi has always proved to be a constant menace whenever Simba meet Yanga, scoring in several occasions but the memorable was his brace in a 5-0 win way back in 2012, in which he also created two penalties.

However, Simba is likely to be without Ghanaian striker Nicholas Gyan, who has yet to rejoin his team. Gyan has only made one appearance for Simba in pre-season since joining from Ebusua Dwarfs in the summer.

Having come as a second half substitute at the 1- 0 win over Rayon Sport, Gyan showed some flashes of what he can offer at the Msimbazi Club. Going into the match on Wednesday, Police in Dar es Salaam has assured players and fans of tight security before, during and after the encounter.

Speaking to journalists, the Acting Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commissioner, Lucas Mkondya said that all necessary security and safety preparations have been put in place ahead of the much awaited clash.

He said that CCTV cameras have been installed to make sure that all incidents happening in different places including the entry and exit gates are viewed and recorded.

I Will Use Simba Friendly to Assess New Players – Rayon Coach

By Peter Kamasa

Rayon Sports head coach Olivier Karekezi has said he will use Tuesday’s pre-season friendly match against Simba SC to assess the level of his new players.

The Azam Rwanda Premier League champions will take on the Tanzanian side at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam before returning home on Thursday to continue with preparations for the new season, which gets underway on September 29.

Rayon Sports travelled to Dar es Salaam on Monday afternoon aboard a Kenya Airways flight. The delegation was led by Rayon Sports president Denys Gacinya and his deputy, Jean Marie Vianney Rudasingwa.

Karekezi said; “We are approaching a season in which we have the league, Peace Cup and CAF Champions League and we want to be ready in time. Pre-season matches, specifically the game against Simba, will help us to assess the new players and those on trials.”

Among the new players that travelled with the team to Dar es Salaam, include; Faustin Usengimana, Djuma Niyonkuru and Ally Niyonzima, who are on trials as well as new signings Eric Rutanga, Gilbert Mugisha, Alhassane Tamboura and Yussuf Habimana.

Rayon travelled without goalkeeper Eric ‘Bakame’ Ndayishimiye, Thierry Manzi, Ange Mutsinzi, Kevin Muhire, Saddam Nyandwi and Olivier ‘Seif’ Niyonzima, who are with the national team preparing for the CHAN qualifier against Uganda, as well as Burundian forward Shassir Nahimana, who is yet to return for pre-season training.

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Pre-season friendly

Simba SC Vs Rayon Sports 3:30pm

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Simba Risk Penalty for Tranfer Mess

SIMBA’s lavish spending in the transfer market might go down the drain, if they fail to beat a four-day deadline to complete Transfer Matching System (TMS) procedure on the players registered for the coming Mainland Premier League season.

And, according to a reliable source within the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Simba is among clubs which are yet to process the mandatory players’ registrations through TMS in the ongoing transfer window.

The TMS is an online platform for FIFA’s Member’s Associations to record player transfers between clubs.

The introduction of the system was approved by the FIFA Congress in 2009, and was made mandatory from 1 October 2010. The purpose of the system is to improve transparency, efficiency and governance between clubs and football associations.

TFF Media and Communication Officer, Alfred Lucas reminded clubs that no extension will be made for those which will fail to beat the Sunday’s deadline to complete the mandatory procedure.

Lucas said all 16 topflight league clubs and 24 First Division League (FDL) as well as Second Division Leagues (SDL) clubs are required by the rules and regulations to complete players registration exercise through TMS ahead of the 2017/18 season kick off.

“TFF issues a strong warning to all clubs that they will not be allowed to feature in their respective league if they fail to fulfill the procedure and obtain Club Licensing.

“In fact, some clubs have not even picked forms to obtain club licensing and some who have collected are yet to submit the filled forms, while few have returned wrongly filled forms,” he said.

He said the federation’s Club Licensing Committee will meet in Dar es Salaam on Saturday to scrutinise the forms before awarding licence to clubs that have fulfilled the requirements.

Club licensing is a certificate confirming the fulfillment of all the mandatory minimum requirements by clubs in order to activate the admission procedure for CAF inter-clubs licence competitions. Some of the requirements include, submitting samples of home and away kit and physical address of the club.

Club’s home grounds must be all green grass or artificial turf with proper marking. The stadiums should also have an internal perimeter fence to prevent unauthorised people from accessing the pitch.

Financially, clubs must submit a budget for the whole season, source of their funds and a bank statement for the last 12 month. The clubs will also be required to have youth teams; professional players who have written contracts and all the players including the youth teams must be registered with the local federation.

Simba is among the clubs which are said to have spent a lot in in an effort to strengthened its squad. They will represent the country in the next season CAF Confederation Cup.

Their rivals Young Africans have already completed the TMS procedure and are only left with the Club Licensing procedure to have the right of taking part in the next season league set to kick off on August 26th this year.

According to the source another club which is yet to conduct TMS procedures is Mtwara based Ndanda FC. In another development the Mainland League main sponsor Vodacom Tanzania will today distribute sports kits to the 16 premier league clubs for the 2017/18 season.

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