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10 Things You Need to Know About Emmanuel Amunike

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Emmanuel Amunike.

Tanzania has hired former Barcelona winger Emmanuel Amunike as their new manager. Here are 10 interesting things you need to know about the new Taifa Stars coach.

Former Barcelona and Nigeria winger Emmanuel Amunike has signed a two-year deal as the new national team coach of Tanzania, according to the country’s football association.

Amunike, 47, faces a huge task to change the fortunes of the Taifa Stars, currently ranked 140 on the FIFA rankings.

The charismatic former Nigerian star’s first assignment begins next month when the Taifa Stars travel for a clash with neighbours Uganda in a 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier. The game against the Cranes of Uganda will certainly be a tough one.

Amunike takes over from Salum Mayanga as Tanzania coach.

The appointment of Amunike is certainly welcome considering African coaches, particularly on the continent do not always get the opportunities, and the support from the respective governments to showcase their abilities.

Here are 10 interesting things you need to know about the new Taifa Stars coach.

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1. He played as a left winger.2. Amunike played for the Super Eagles from 1993 to 2001, making 27 appearances and scoring 9 goals3. He played for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup.4. In 1994 Amunike scored the two goals that helped Nigeria win the Nations Cup final in Tunisia.5. Amunike was also an Olympic gold medallist with Nigeria’s under-23 team in Atlanta in 1996.Read: Meet the Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé: 10 things you need to know about him6. At club level he also played for Portuguese club Sporting, making 51 appearances for the club with 17 goals to his name.7. Before playing in Europe, he had previously won the domestic league titles in Nigeria and Egypt, playing for Julius Berger F.C. and Zamalek SC respectively.8. Amunike also played for Spanish giants Barcelona from 1996-2000.9. He was once a scout for Manchester United.10. The charismatic former Nigerian star has held several coaching positions, and took Nigeria to the U-17 World Cup title in Chile. He coached Sdanese club Al Khartoum SC in November 2017, and left the club in March 2018.More on ThisAmuneke Ready for New Challenge As Tanzania Coach

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Amuneke Ready for New Challenge As Tanzania Coach

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Emmanuel Amunike.

By Tunde Eludini

Emmanuel Amuneke who is the latest Nigerian to be appointed as the national team coach of another country has said that he is ready for the challenge that comes with his latest position.

Amuneke was on Monday named as the new head coach of the Tanzanian senior national team, popularly referred to as the Tafia Stars.

He signed a two-year deal with the TFF on Monday replacing local coach Salum Mayanga who had been in charge of Tanzania since last year.

The former Barcelona winger admits that it’s a new challenge for him after his short stint with Sudanese side, Al Khartoum Al Watani SC.

“I’m proud to sign my new contract with the Tanzanian Football Federation,” Amuneke wrote on his Instagram Page.

“We’ll work hard to continue the development of football in this country. It’s a new challenge for me and I’m happy about the new ideas. Tanzania have what football requires. I’m ready for the next step and I’m happy for the new challenge.”

Amuneke’s salary will be bankrolled by Serengeti Beer.

Aside from the national team job, it is understood that Amuneke will also oversee the other Tanzania teams, including the U-17 and U-20 groups but his immediate task will be to help the Taifa Stars qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

His first official game will be the September 7, 2019 AFCON qualifier against Uganda in Kampala.

Tanzania were held to a draw in Dar es Salaam by Lesotho in their first Group L clash.

The late Stephen Keshi, Christian Chukwu, and Adegboye Onigbinde are some of the Nigerian coaches who have previously been hired to tutor other national teams outside Nigeria.

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Two Firms Lead Race for Uganda-Tanzania Pipeline Deal

By Allan Olingo

Australia-based WorleyParsons and London-based Penspen are said to be the lead contenders to win the contract for the construction of the Uganda-Tanzania pipeline that will start in Hoima and terminate at the sea port of Tanga in northern Tanzania.

A source with knowledge of the matter told The EastAfrican that the two firms are likely to be appointed the engineering, procurement and construction management services contractors for the joint pipeline.

“These two are the lead contenders out of the six firms that the technical team from the two countries and the development partners are reviewing. A decision will be made in November,” the source said.

Last week, Uganda’s Energy Permanent Secretary Robert Kasande said that agreements with Tullow Oil, Total and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, who are jointly developing Uganda’s oil, could be signed in the next three months.

Tullow said in its half-year update last week that the Ugandan deal is expected in coming months as the upstream and pipeline front end engineering design (FEED) and upstream environmental and social impact assessment have been completed, and now await the award of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.

Awaiting decisions

“The contract awards are under evaluation and overall project sanction is expected by the end of the year. The joint venture partners continue to work towards reaching a final investment decision for the development project around the end of 2018, with operational activity continuing as planned.

“Discussions on the key pipeline project agreements continue between the joint venture partners and the Ugandan and Tanzanian governments. The pipeline FEED and EPC tender process for the pipeline have been completed with the award to be made in the second half of this year,” Tullow said, adding that the project financing for the pipeline and development of the financial model are ongoing.

Together with the oil firms, Uganda and Tanzania have been working on the projects financing blueprint for the past year. The two countries will raise 70 per cent of the project’s total cost from international lenders. The remaining 30 per cent will be raised through equity by Total, Tullow, CNOOC and the joint venture partners.

The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation and Uganda National Oil Company, through its subsidiary Uganda National Pipeline Company, are also expected to be part of the fundraising drive.

“We are delighted to be awarded this contract and we look forward to developing our relationship with Tullow Oil and increasing our business in Kenya,” Andrew Wood, the chief executive officer of WorleyParsons said.

The British firm Penspen is also not new to the region, having been awarded a contract in 2014 to undertake feasibility studies on the proposed Kampala-Kigali segment of the Eldoret-Kampala-Kigali pipeline. Penspen completed the study in 2015.

The pipeline was meant to interconnect with the one running from Nairobi to Eldoret and would ease the transportation of petroleum products to and from Kampala and Eldoret, including a spur line to Jinja.

Infrastructure development

“I am delighted that Penspen could be selected for this project. We are keen to contribute to the economic growth of this region through the development of oil and gas infrastructure, and we have a strong history of success in East Africa,” the chief executive officer of Penspen, Peter O’Sullivan, said.

Last week, Reuters reported that Tullow was considering reducing its stake in Kenya’s oil block from 50 per cent to 30 per cent before the final decision, with eyes trained on Total as the likely buyer.

The move would give Total a majority stake in the project. Last year, Tullow agreed to a substantial farm-down of its assets in Uganda to Total in a $900 million deal, about seven months after it received a production licence from the Ugandan government.

“Tullow and its joint venture partners, Total and CNOOC Ltd, are awaiting approval of the farm-down transaction from the government of Uganda. This approval is expected in the second half of the year. At completion of the farm-down, Tullow anticipates receiving a cash payment of $100 million and a payment of the working capital completion adjustment and deferred consideration for the pre-completion period, with $59 million for 2017 and an estimated $70 million for 2018. A further $50 million cash consideration is due to be received when FID is taken,” Tullow said.

However, for Tullow and Total, the past month has been particularly bad for businesses in the region, with unrest stalling Tullow’s operations in Kenya, and South Sudan pulling the plug on Total over some exploration blocks.

Last week, South Sudan’s Petroleum Ministry announced that it had called off talks with Total about developing two oil blocks.

“The Ministry of Petroleum regrets that negotiations with Total have concluded in no deal. Total and the government failed to agree on the duration of the exploration and the commercial terms of a production-sharing agreement. We now look forward to bringing new investors into talks for these licences,” Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said in a statement.

Total, alongside Tullow Oil and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, have been negotiating since 2013 with South Sudan to enter into a new agreement for two oil blocks.

Tanzania Hires Amuneke As National Teams’ Head Coach

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Emmanuel Amunike.

By Christian Okpara

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has announced the appointment of Super Eagles’ former forward, Emmanuel Amuneke as the head coach of its national teams, which means the former Barcelona star will oversee all the teams from the U-17 to the senior national team, Taifa Stars.

The Former Julius Berger star recently severed ties with Sudanese side, Al Khartoum SC less than six months after taking the job due to some disagreements.

Speaking on his two-year deal, Amuneke told local media, “I am happy to start this new job and work hard so that we can achieve a lot together.”

Tanzania wants to qualify for the 2019 African Nations Cup and Amuneke’s first task is the qualifier against Uganda in September.

Explaining the 47-year-old Amuneke’s job, TFF President, Wallace Karia said, “We shall have coaches for the other teams, but Amuneke will be the head starting with the 2019 African U-17 qualifiers which kick-off in Dar es Salaam this weekend.

“We are happy to have Amuneke who has played at the top and has a lot of experience as a coach. We have picked our very own from Africa.”

The former Sporting Lisbon attacker replaces local coach, Salum Mayanga, who had been in charge of Tanzania since last year.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles left-winger, Moses Simon will now play in Spain for the next five years following an agreement between Levante UD and his Belgian club, KAA Gent.

Moses has been a prominent part of the Super Eagles squad since he made his debut in 2015, but an injury on the eve of the World Cup ensured he did not feature in the competition in Russia.

He was once courted by such clubs as Liverpool and Everton, but his failure to be at the World Cup counted against him.

Moses had a running battle with KAA Gent over his desires to find pastures anew and the latest development is seen as the best possible resolution of the face off.

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Serengeti Boys to Play Burundi in CAF Opener

By Majuto Omary

Dar es Salaam — Mainland Tanzania U-16 soccer team, Serengeti Boys, will start their campaign to win the inaugural African Youth Championships for the East and Central African Football Association (Cecafa Zone) against Burundi in the qualifying tournament.

The match has been scheduled to take place at the National Stadium on August 11. Before that Rwanda and Sudan will face off in Group A.

According to information from within Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), other teams in Group A are Sudan and Somalia.

Group B is made up of Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The zonal tournament has been organised by the Confederation of African Football Football (CAF), the governing body, purposely to select one team that will join Tanzania in next year’s African Youth Championships to be held in the country.

Serengeti Boys will feature in the tournament, which is supported by the European football governing body, UEFA.

The TFF source said that Mainland Tanzania, being the host, will use the tournament as part of training.

If they win top honours, the Runners Up will be handed the ticket.

The new system was established with the aim of ensuring the Cecafa Zone and others had equal representation at the finals, which are normally dominated by Southern, Western and Northern African countries.

“This is a very important tournament for Serengeti Boys ahead of next year’s African Youth finals,” added the anonymous source.

We will gauge the players’ strength as well as talent in the tournament scheduled to take place at the National Stadium and Azam Complex,” said the source.

Meanwhile, plans by Serengeti Boys to secure international friendly matches have failed and will now play against various U-20 teams within the country.

Earlier, the Serengeti Boys technical bench planned to play South Africa, Malawi and Zambia, but the plans did not come to fruition.

The technical bench also organised for the team to camp in Kagera Region in preparation for matches against Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, but the plan also failed.

“We will play against local U-20 teams based in the city. We are doing fine,” reassured Mirambo.

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Bank M Collapse Signals Shaky Banking Base

By Kimani Chege

Tanzania’s Bank M has been placed under statutory management after the regulator Bank of Tanzania (BoT) issued warning over the bank’s liquidity.

The placing of Bank M on statutory management comes a few months after BoT placed five more financial institutions under statutory management due to poor capitalization. These includes Covenant Bank, Efatha Bank, Njombe Community Bank, Kagea Farmers cooperative Bank and Meru Community Bank.

Bank M of Tanzania was licensed in February 2007, and is focused on corporate and investment banking.

Banks in Kenya have also faced similar fate. In 2016, data from the Central Bank of Kenya showed that Kenya’s banking industry stagnated in the first three months of the year, signalling a slowdown following the collapse of three lenders. The collapse of Dubai Bank, Imperial and Chase Bank led depositors to seek safety in large institutions perceived to be more stable.

Chase Bank collapse in 2016 was a big shock as the bank was known to be on a healthy path based on its popularity with the Small and Micro Enterprises. KCB Bank was appointed the caretaker manager and only recently handed back the bank to new owners SBM, a Mauritius bank. In the deal, SBM Kenya will assume 75 percent of the value of deposits under moratorium at Chase Bank, all non-moratorium deposits at the bank, and will take-up over majority of branches and employees.

Oriental was the second bank which many felt that it had found a solid base with the acquisition by M Holdings, a Kenyan company which now controls 30 percent of the company. Oriental Commercial Bank is classified as a small lender by the CBK and was formerly Delphis Bank Ltd.

The case of Imperial Bank is more complicated as the Kenyan government has continued to push for a reliable purchaser while at the same time working to recover lost assets owed by the bank.

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Tanzania Slaps 25% Tax On Ugandan Sugar

By Martin Luther Oketch & Dorothy Nakaweesi

Kampala — Tanzania has slapped a 25 per cent Import Duty on Ugandan sugar exports contrary to the East African Community Common Market Protocol, which recommends zero tax on goods manufactured within the region.

The EAC Common Market Protocol came into force in 2010 and the 25 per cent Import Duty could be an indication of a failing system that is not agreeable to all member states.

East Africa currently has six member starts but indications suggest some countries have been acting against trade decisions taken by regional leaders.

In a media briefing at the weekend, Mr Vincent Seruma, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) assistant commissioner for public and corporate affairs, said sugar that had been exported by Kakira Sugar Works in May had been denied entry and forced to return.

Kakira Sugar Works, according to URA, had exported 12,000 bags (600 tonnes) of locally manufactured sugar but was denied entry.

“Under the EAC Common Market Protocol, this [sugar] is supposed to enjoy preferential treatment at 0 per cent Import Duty within in EAC partner states because it is wholly produced in Uganda. However … Tanzania decided to impose duty of 25 per cent, a violation of the EAC rules of origin and the Common Market Protocol,” he said.

As a result, Mr Seruma said, the shipment was held since May, which resulted into frustration and unnecessary expenses.

“The shipping company – MV Wankyo – as a result incurred a lot of storage costs and general loss of business,” he said.

Kenya has also suffered similar treatment with Tanzania denying entry to some of its goods such as sugar and sweets.

In its sweeping changes to the EAC Common External Tariff, which was implemented last month, Tanzania proposed Import Duty of 25 per cent for finished goods, 10 per cent for intermediate goods and zero per cent for raw materials and capital goods.

According to the changes exporters dealing in sugar, sweets, edible oil, safety matches, steel and iron products, chocolates, tomato sauce, meat, sausages, biscuits and mineral water face tariffs ranging between 10 per cent and 35 per cent to access the Tanzania market.

Mr Jim Kabeho, the Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association chairman and out-going East African Business Council chairman, at the weekend told Daily Monitor, it was unfortunate for Tanzania to disregard agreed EAC Common Market Protocol.

“The sugar was allocated to Tanzania Sugar Industries. We negotiated for the permit through Kagera Sugar Manufacturers [before it was] shipped. But then Tanzania Revenue Authority insisted on charging us. We [had no alternative but to] bring it back,” he said.

Media reports had indicated that the sugar had been sneaked into the country from Kenya, which Mr Seruma disputed.

He said the sugar belonged to Kakira and had been returned after failed entry into Tanzania.

Tanzania is one of Uganda’s largest trading partners. The country’s exports to Uganda have increased by 87 per cent in the in the last 10 years.

According to data from the Central Bank, Uganda imported goods worth $187m (Shs708.5b) in 2017 from Tanzania up from $22m (Shs83b) in 2007.

Wagogo Music Festival Lives Up to Its Top Billing

By Cyril Ndegeya

Tanzania is the biggest country of the East African Community, with more than 120 tribes. The country actively supports preservation of the culture of each of the tribes.

Every year a traditional music festival is organised by almost each tribe or in each region of the country for passing on culture to the younger generation and cultural exchanges in general.

The last week of July 2018 was a time to shine for the “Gogo” tribe. The Gogo congregated in Ikulu village, Chamwino District in Dodoma.

Organised by the Chamwino Arts Centre, the 10th Wagogo Music Festival, locally known as the Wagogo Ngoma Festival, took place at the Village Hall.

The Wagogo are a Bantu ethnic and linguistic group based in the Dodoma region of central Tanzania. They have been predominantly pastoralist, but many contemporary Gogo now practises sedentary agriculture, and have migrated to urban areas, or work on plantations across Tanzania.

Dr Kedmon Mapana is a music professor at the University of Dar es Salaam and the brains behind this festival, being born and raised in Chamwino, led the proceedings.

“My vision for the future of this event is to introduce cultural teachings in all educational institutions. Once culture is taught in schools, it will be an opportunity to share this with the world,” Dr Kedmon wrote.

Having kicked of on July 26, the festival was unlike modern music festivals, as the performing groups were tireless throughout the event. The Ngoma (drums) could be heard from kilometres away and some performances lasted all day long.

Some 60 different groups gathered at the grounds and followed the exciting traditional performances.

Besides non-formal educational opportunities, the local community benefits through revenue generated by serving the attendees and performers at each festival. Everything needed for the festival is locally sourced.

Then there are exchange programmes such as the Brave Festival in Poland in 2009, 2012 and 2014 and another to the TFF Festival in Germany In 2014.

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By Gladys Mbwiga

Dar es Salaam — Ecobank Tanzania has planted 130 trees across the 920-metre bench along the Indian Ocean in Dar es Salaam.

Speaking during the event the Ecobank Executive Director, Ms Mwanahiba Mzee, said planting the trees would ensure that the next generation benefits from the present’s efforts to conserve the environment

“Last week the Vice President (Samia Suluhu Hassan) launched the wall as a means to ensure that the environment along the coast is protected,” she said.

With the theme: “planting today protecting tomorrow”, Ecobank employees in all 33 countries have joined forces to plant trees in different areas as well as providing equipment that will help conserve the environment.

“In Tanzania, apart from Dar es Salaam, we have planted 500 trees at Kisimani nursery and primary school in Arusha,” said Ms Mwanahiba. Also present at the tree planting event, the Ilala Environmental Officer, Mr Faeda Magesa, applauded the move in protecting the environment and has called upon other financial institution to borrow a leaf .

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By Bahati Chume

Hai — Muslims in Kilimanjaro Region have been asked to maintain peace and harmony and extend the Ramadhan teachings after 30 fasting days.

The chairman of Mabanzini Mosque in Sanya Juu Area in Siha District, Mr Muhamedi Suba made a statement on Friday, June 15, 2018 during the Idd ul Fitr prayers following the conclusion of 30 fasting days.

“Use Ramadhan teachings as directives in remembering the word of God which you should make best use of it in building a society with good ethics,” he said.

The Kilimanjaro National Muslim Council of Tanzania (Bakwata) secretary, Mr Awazi Lema insisted the need to maintain peace and solidarity in the country.

“Prayers, wealth, education and every possessions are meaningless without peace and security,” he said.

For his part, Bakwata district chairman, Mr Omari Mahamoud called upon Muslims to provide children with both; secular and religious education.

He cautioned the parents to make follow up of children school progress and closely cooperate with teachers.

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