FEVER, tension and anxiety mount as Dar es Salaam derby, pitting traditional rivals Simba and Young Africans at the Uhuru Stadium in the city, approaches.
This time around the derby has caught the two giants closely tied on 15 points each, a situation that makes the Saturday derby even more decisive. This season encounter is heralded by two marksmen; Emanuel Okwi who will lead Simba’s onslaught and Ibrahim Ajib who will command Yanga’s attacks.
We are keenly waiting to see how the comeback of the Burundian Amis Tambwe and Zimbabwean hitman Donald Ngoma will help Yanga overcome threat likely to be imposed by Simba’s deadly quartet of Mohamed Ibrahim, John Bocco, Mzamiru Yassin and Shiza Kichuya upfront.
There is every thing to convince the football fans that this season’s fight is a must watch event, but in a simple language, there is a revolution of football on both sides. We again see something else from the league’s co-sponsor, KCB Bank towards the derby.
The co-sponsor announced this week a 500,000/- reward to the derby’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). The award, though might look small in its appearance, it can serve well in motivating players to use all what they have in terms of skills to impress the co-sponsor.
As explained by KCB Bank Manager, Edgar Masato, the reward aims at motivating the best entertainer of the match, as well as stimulating the best use of skills among the players.
As the first big match of this season, we expect it to add the dimension of the derby beauty, hence give football fans what they want most from football.
Both teams as the country’s biggest entertainers, we hope to see quality play, skill showdown, spectacular goals and daring saves, things that entertain fans most.
We believe in doing so, the players of the both teams will do justice to all; fans, league sponsors and other stakeholders. We end by wishing players a fair play, discipline and bravery when they fight for their teams’ victories, as well would like to warn fans against hooliganism, which previously cost one of the giants dearly when agitated fans committed vandalism in protest for a goal thought to be unjustly converted.