Tanzanian government reads riot act to Yanga over the use of National Stadium as home ground


Tanzanian government has raised eyebrow about the possibility of allowing the duo of Young Africans (Yanga) and Simba to continue to use the National Stadium in Dar es Salam.

The outfits are the oldest club in Tanzania, with Yanga founded in 1935 while Simba came to existence a year later.

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Simba play their home game at the Uhuru Stadium while they also join Yanga to play home games at the Tanzania National Stadium.

But it becoming clear that the clubs will anytime soon banned from using the national stadium for their game, with directives coming from the Tanzania Minister of Culture, Arts and Sports Dr Harrison Mwakyembe.

Simba brightened their chance of proving their worth at the continental stage on Sunday when they crushed visiting Gendamairie of Djibouti 4-0 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Young Africans also edged St Louis Suns United of Seychelles 1-0 in the first leg of the preliminary Round of the Caf Champions League.

But it is not certain when the decision will take effect but the duo must start looking for a way of building their self-own stadium.

“Both Yanga and Simba are the oldest clubs in the country hence time has come for them to build their own stadiums and stop relying on the National Stadium as their home ground for competitive matches,” he said.

“Today (Sunday), Simba have shown great performance which revealed that they have a good coach and squad as the entire team was united, the Minister added.

“With this display, I can proudly say football standards in the nation are improving,” he concluded.

Yanga remain third on the Tanzania Premier League with 34 points seven points behind leaders and local rivals Simba after 17 games in top flight this term.

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