Tan­za­nia soc­cer: If JK failed, can JPM suc­ceed?

The African - - EN­VI­RO­MENT -

in­spec­tions at air­ports when trav­el­ling in and out of the coun­try. Some re­sort to club spon­sor­ship to evade scru­tiny of their dirty busi­ness trans­ac­tions and per­haps pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion. So the gov­ern­ment’s hand has al­ways been the la­tent life­line of the two clubs – a hardly breed­ing at­mos­phere of qual­ity play­ers.

For some rea­sons Tan­za­ni­ans al­ways want to see that heavy hand of the gov­ern­ment in foot­ball – as it was shown when the im­me­di­ate pre­vi­ous Pres­i­dent took of­fice. But we are only for­get­ting that there was al­ways that hand in soc­cer – and it was just med­dling in its af­fairs.

Had there not been that hand and things left to take their course we would now be speak­ing about Simba and Yanga only in past tense – just the way Zam­bians and Kenyans now speak about their own top clubs of yon­der -- Mu­fulira Won­der­ers, Nkana Red Dev­ils, Gor Mahia and Abaluhya to men­tion a few.

Our two clubs here re­fused to go to their right­ful place -- the dust­bin of his­tory, as they say, be­cause the gov­ern­ment, or its of­fi­cials make sure they don’t, and if pos­si­ble ei­ther of them be­come league cham­pi­ons.

It’s said the hand of the gov­ern­ment is de­signed to rein in the heat within the gen­eral pub­lic – sort of de­trac­tion for its fail­ures. had to be am­pu­tated be­low the knee.

At the time of the crash, he was in charge of the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice and had launched a pro­gram to com­bat wildlife poach­ing by con­vert­ing the ranger pa­trols into para­mil­i­tary units, armed with

In fact Tan­za­ni­ans are more ar­dent soc­cer lovers than their brethren in the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries if the num­ber of sports pub­li­ca­tions that we have is any in­di­ca­tion. For if the level of a coun­try’s soc­cer is de­ter­mined by the mul­ti­tude of news­pa­pers on news­stands that write on soc­cer is­sues, then Tan­za­nia could have been the re­gion’s soc­cer supremo.

But it isn’t, un­for­tu­nately (or for­tu­nately) and news­pa­pers could have played a big role in that let­down. Take for in­stance the cov­er­age by news­pa­pers ac­corded to the two top clubs, Simba and Yanga.

For rea­sons that have been hard to ex­plain, the lat­ter club in par­tic­u­lar seems to be a dar­ling of the ma­jor­ity of the pa­pers’ ed­i­tors. Front pages of­ten carry head­lines that are vir­tu­ally cat­a­pult Yanga to dizzy­ing heights – even plac­ing them in the same class as the English Pre­mier League’s Top Four.

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