Unless a swift solution is sought, the ongoing leadership crisis at immediate former Mainland premier soccer champions Young Africans (Yanga) will prove extremely costly.
Ever since the team suffered a comprehensive five-goal demolition at the hands of their archrivals Simba on May 6, the situation at the club has been unstable.
The crisis has emerged at one of worst times ever as most premiership clubs are busy planning registration of new squads ahead of the incoming season in August.
Besides the premiership season, Yanga have Kagame Cup title retention bid at their doorsteps to work out for. Ensuring proper registration of players calls for immense resources and stable leadership.
What is happening within Yanga will undermine if not derail any progress the club may have made in registering players registration and preparations for the Kagame Cup.
Yanga have a golden chance to defend their title on home soil as Dar es Salaam hosts the championship for the second year running.
Rarely has the Kagame Cup being staged at the same country for two seasons running. This would have been the best ever opportunity for Yanga to stamp their authority or supremacy in the region by emerging winners, partly thanks to support from home fans.
It will be hugely disappointing if Yanga lose the Kagame Cup chiefly owing to an internal crisis that can be resolved near effortlessly.
Considering its solid and wide base of supporters scattered across the country and beyond, the club needs to find a quick end to the crisis.
Even if members believe that ousting club chairman Lloyd Nchunga is the best option, the only acceptable way out is to adhere to laid down constitutional requirements.
We believe the club has enough members who can put their heads together and bring to the end of this crisis for the good of themselves and Tanzanian soccer.
As is well known, to err is human and to forgive divine. Yanga members, officials and well-wishers need to learn from the wisdom in this maxim and do the needful.
It has been Yanga members’ tradition to rally against club officials associated with the club’s poor performance, regardless of the prevailing circumstances.
Time has come for a change of heart so that all and sundry abide by the club’s constitution whenever they seriously think time for changes has come.
Losing matches is part of the game known as soccer. It would be foolhardy to expect a team to always win or lift trophies.
It will be recalled that suggestions that time to offload club chairman Lloyd Nchunga began surfacing as soon as he won the election in July 2010.
He survived an instant purge only courtesy to the team’s superb performance in the Mainland premiership and Kagame Cup, which saw the club clinch both titles within a span of three months.
This time around, the elders’ council claimed to take charge of the team with just a match before the league season wound up. But where was this council as Yanga boasted a winning spree in the premiership?
The club’s motto speaks about unwavering optimism – no retreat, no surrender. All Yanga lovers need to live this motto. Only in unity can they hope to stand.