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Nchunga steps down

25th May 2012
Young Africans (Yanga) chairman, Lloyd Nchunga

Beleaguered Young Africans (Yanga) chairman Lloyd Nchunga yesterday tendered a resignation letter to the secretary general of the club, Celestine Mwesigwa, to end the long standing chaos at the club.

Nchunga said he has resigned to restore peace and tranquility at the club and he would remain loyal member for the rest of his life.

He said his decision has come after taking into consideration a lot of factors, including saving the club from a possible relegation after violation of constitution by angry members who don’t bother what happens to the club in their inexorable quest to kick him outside the club.

Nchunga has been under pressure from members of the club who have been demanding his immediate resignation.

The unfortunate Nchunga, who came to power after the club’s elections held in July 2010, endured a torrid moment right from the moment he was elected to hold the post.

However, he was successful to cool down members of the club after leading the club to their third Mainland premiership title in four years under coach Sam Timbe.

The Ugandan coach played his cards right as he successfully added silverware, the Kagame Cup, three months later last year to create a heavy cushion of members scorn against Nchunga.

The club calmed after hauling the two silverwares but row erupted in March as the club looked unable to retain the premiership title.

Yanga had otherwise a good run towards title retention bid but the situation worsened in March and April when the team lost precious points through defeats in their last six matches before winding up the season.

Yanga’s council of elders had demanded to take charge of the team ahead of their Mainland premiership derby against Simba early this month.

Nchunga would not bow to the demands of the elders’ council and went on to lead the team under the executive committee.

Yanga suffered a five-goal comprehensive demolition at the hands of their rivals Simba on May 6 for the crisis to escalate further.

Over 700 members had met at the clubs headquarters in Dar es Salaam last Sunday and decided to overthrow him from the chairmanship post on grounds of violating the constitution.

They alleged him of not holding an annual general meeting ever since he stepped to power while ignoring a decision to hold it in mid July.

The news of Nchunga’s resignation will be received with pomp and celebrations by the members who attempted the ‘coup d’etat’ that has been strongly deplored by the Tanzania Football Federation.

Impatient Yanga members were also involved in blocking former chairman Imani Madega from seeking re-election before holding an election that saw Nchunga stepping in.

Madega fortunately handed over the chairmanship at the end of the tenure to remain an ardent member.

Yanga finished third in the premiership standings, the worst position in the past five years.

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