THERE is a possibility for the Italian giants Juventus to visit Tanzania for a series of friendly matches in the future.
This was said in Dar es Salaam by Italian Ambassador to Tanzania Roberto Mengoni, who made a brief tour at the Tanzania (Standard) Newspapers (TSN) Limited Headquarters in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
Ambassador Mengoni said bringing a team of Juventus status to Tanzania requires a well sorted preparation by the hosts and he believes that such arrangements could be fulfilled.
“As you know, Juventus is a big club and they have just signed the World best player, Ronaldo (Cristiano), hence it will require a well-coordinated organisation for a team of such status to visit Tanzania and I believe it can be done here,” he said.
Juventus popularly known as ‘The Old Lady of Turin’ is the most successful team in Italy, despite the presence of other well-known teams -- AC Milan and Inter Milan. They won 34 Serie A titles, one Serie B title, 13 Coppa Italia Cups, seven Supercoppa Italiana and two Champions League titles.
Recently, Tanzanian businessman Mohamed Dewji, who owns 49 per cent stake at Mainland champions Simba SC,
was reportedly planning to invite the 34 times Italy champions to play a number of friendly matches in the country.
If the giants lands in Tanzania, it will provide the opportunity for the country’s football fans to witness one of the World’s best players, Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus at the close of the last Summer Transfer Window. Ronaldo is the five times best player of the World.
Last year, Dewji, who was named Africa’s youngest billionaire and 2017 African CEO of the year, paid a visit in Italy and made a tour in Serie A defending Champions Juventus FC.
After paying a visit, Dewji said Juventus are optimistic and ready to develop football and invest in Tanzania.
“I had a meeting with Juventus FC,” said Mo. They have committed to develop football for Tanzanian youths. I look forward to introduce the Italian team to the Simba SC leaders and begin to discuss some matters,” he said.
In November last year, at least 120 youngsters took part in the Juventus Training Camp in Dar es Salaam. It was the first time the camp was held in sub- Saharan Africa, following on from 2016 year’s positive experience in Senegal.
The Camp in Tanzania included 40 disadvantaged children, who were able to participate free of charge through a local initiative. For everyone taking part this was a week of fun and recreation, but also training sessions together with coaches following the Juventus Academy model.