Former players disappointed as Dar giants withdraw from Kagame Cup

DAR ES SALAAM: FOOTBALL legends have expressed mixed feelings regarding the decision of Simba, Young Africans (Yanga), and Azam FC to withdraw from the 2024 CECAFA Kagame Cup, scheduled to begin in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

Initially listed among the participating teams, the trio later opted out, citing the need for adequate preseason preparation.

Representing Tanzania Mainland will now be Coastal Union and Singida Black Stars, while JKU FC will represent Zanzibar.

Former Taifa Stars player Adolf Rishard suggested that the clubs could have utilised their junior teams or reserve players in the tournament.

“Since these clubs are still in the process of building their squads for the up – coming season, they could have deployed  their reserve or junior teams. This would have been an excellent opportunity for young players to showcase their talents and potentially earn promotions to the senior team.”

Rishard emphasised the importance of strong second squads capable of competing in such tournaments, believing it to be crucial for player development.

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Former Yanga player Mzee Abdallah expressed disappointment with the clubs’ decision not to participate. “I see no reason why these teams couldn’t participate in the CECAFA tournament.

Such competitions provide valuable preseason practice and would have been beneficial as they prepare for the upcoming season.

” Similarly, former Mtibwa Sugar player Charles Ndilime acknowledged the competitive nature of the foreign teams in the tournament. He respected the decisions made by the withdrawing clubs but noted the missed opportunity for challenging matches.

“They are strong teams that could have provided tough competition for our representatives. Nevertheless, we must respect their decisions,” Ndilime stated.

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