AS the 2017-18 Mainland Premier League season is over, much focus will now be directed towards the second edition of the SportPesa Super Cup starting this weekend in Nairobi, Kenya.
There are big aspects that the league rivalry will be restored in Kenya during the one week knockout competition bearing in mind that champions Simba, Young Africans and Singida United which will again represent Tanzania mainland may play each other in the foreign land at a certain stage of the contest.
Simba will begin playing their cards against Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya on June 3 whereas a day later, Yanga will be entertained by another Kenya’s side Kakamega Home Boys. Zanzibar will be represented by JKU who will play their debut match on June 3 against reigning champs Gor Mahia.
JKU have replaced Jang’ombe Boys which flew high Isles flag in the first edition of the competition staged in the city last year. Also, the other exciting part as far as Super Cup is concerned is that there is a possibility that Yanga and Gor Mahia can face each other before the two sides meet in the CAF Confederation Cup since they are both pooled in group D of the continental showpiece.
Addressing media on the launch of this year’s SportPesa Super Cup recently, the company’s Director of Administration and Compliance Tarimba Abbas challenged all the country’s representatives to deploy strong squad capable to win the cup and bring it home.
He said that last year, Tanzanian teams didn’t give the tournament much weight, something that gave Kenyan teams tickets to play in the final and eventually walk away with a coveted trophy.
Gor Mahia defeated their traditional rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 and won cash prize and a ticket to play Everton in Dar es Salaam. We insist our team to take the tournament seriously as if Kenyans won the title in the country, likewise,
Tanzanian teams must pull up their socks and play competitive football while knowing in advance that it is a good selling platform which can transform their lives forever as far as football career is concerned.
As unveiled by Tarimba, the competition will be beamed live on DStv hence providing great room for the entire universe to watch them whose ultimate winner will travel to London to play Everton FC at Goodison Park Stadium.
It’s a promotion that our team must fight for at any cost as Tarimba said, SportPesa intends to extend its wings in various parts of the world, in short period. The Super Cup will start attracting teams from South Africa as well as Zambia where the company will soon start its operations.
Both Simba and Singida United were eliminated in the quarterfinals last year courtesy of a 5-4 post match penalties defeat from Nakuru All Stars and AFC Leopards respectively.
Only Yanga succeed to enter into the last four where they succumbed to a 4-2 post match penalties loss from AFC Leopards. Tanzania successfully hosted the first edition last year which was centered at two venues namely the National Stadium and Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam respectively.
Above all, the descending of Everton into the country was what grabbed attention from sports fans worldwide as it was their first time to step into East Africa soil.
Renowned world footballer Wayne Rooney was the household name and the playmaker who had just rejoined his former club from Manchester United started the game even though he was benched early in the second half.
The English Premier League based club played against Gor Mahia to climax the tournament at the National Stadium which saw the Toffies winning 2-1. It was a great platform for football fans in the country to enjoy good football performances from all eight teams which competed in the contest even though Gor Mahia won appea