Tanzania soccer: If JK failed, can JPM succeed?
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.
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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.