THE Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Almas Kasongo has hailed Simba for securing a lucrative 4bn/- kit supply deal with Sandaland Fashion Wear saying other clubs should borrow a leaf.
With the two-year partnership, Simba will be pocketing 2bn/- annually from Sandaland who already presented a dummy cheque of 2bn/- to the club on Friday night in Dar es Salaam during the unveiling occasion.
“This is what we want to see in our football happening…and when I was named the board’s CEO, one of my priorities was revenue generation by clubs and I am happy to witness Simba doing it practically,” Kasongo said.
He added that running a football club is very expensive and it needs a lot of money to get quality players, coaches and good infrastructure that help a team to achieve success.
“What they (Simba) have done will shape the country’s football landscape and other teams should borrow a leaf by sourcing their own kit and merchandise sponsors to go along with modern football,” he insisted.
On their part, Sandaland pledged to produce high quality Jerseys and merchandise for Simba to match with the club’s big brand on the continent.
The remarks were made by one of Sandaland’s Directors Omary Yenga after completing the deal of supplying jerseys and other products bearing Simba logo.
“We are going to supply high quality jerseys that no team in Tanzania has ever experienced…and we will ensure that jerseys are on market timely for our fans to get them.
“Also, our target is to create a good distribution network to cover the whole Tanzania so that Simba fans wherever they are, they should get access to them,” Yenga said.
He then assured the management of Simba that they have not made mistake to choose them as kit suppliers and they will never be disappointed.
On his part, Simba’s Chairman of Board of Directors Salim Abdallah ‘Try Again’ appealed to the new kit sponsor to always ensure about quality, quantity and timely availability of the jerseys plus merchandise.
“We thank our previous kit sponsor (Vunjabei) for a commendable job he did but Simba fans have been complaining about poor quality and delays of Jerseys to reach at the market. We do not want this to resurface,” he said.