Saintfiet arrived at the Mwalimu Nyerere International Airport in the afternoon and was met by a section of Yanga officials. He was then expected to head straight to the club's headquarters and introduced to his new employers.The Belgian tactician, who is former Nigeria Technical Director, takes over after Yanga parted ways with Serbian, Kostadin Papic, once the latter's contract with the club ended last season.
Saintfiet's first biggest task will be to guide Yanga to a successful title defence in the Kagame Cup, which is scheduled to kick off in Dar es Salaam on July 14, this year."Yanga want me to start work immediately since they have agreed to all my requests.
My wish was to coach a national team but with the renewed interest I will have to settle for club level and help them as they continue preparations with Cecafa Kagame Cup," he told the Super Sport website early this week.Yanga had earlier last week considered former Harambee Stars coach, Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee for the job but settled on the experienced 39-year old tactician, who has also coached Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia national teams.
Meanwhile, Yanga have received 20m/- from their main sponsors, Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) through Kilimanjaro Premium Lager brand, to meet the costs of the club's General Meeting penned for July 15 this year in the city.Kilimanjaro Premium Lager brand manager, George Kavishe said the brand is aware of its responsibilities and is keen on promoting domestic soccer.
"For that matter, we would like to see Yanga achieve success and that is why we support it in its General Meeting. We know this is a big club with glorious history and, thus, we believe it needs better and strong administration," he said."We know our responsibility as Yanga's main sponsors in putting the terms of our contract into effect...we will continue working together in steering Tanzanian soccer to greater heights", he added.
Kavishe urged members of Yanga General Meeting to see to it that they fulfill their duties accordingly by holding peaceful elections and elect officials that will safeguard club's interests.Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) secretary general, Angetile Osiah, who represented the federation in the occasion, thanked TBL and urged Yanga members to use the funds wisely.
"When you get an institution that is ready to fund a general meeting of a domestic soccer club, you must praise that institution because the move is for the betterment of the particular club", said Osiah."I advise Yanga members to use the funds for the intended purpose. Yanga must ensure there is good governance in the club...TFF will only recognize legally elected leadership in a club", he added.