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Members turn heat on Yanga chairman

21st May 2012
Yanga elders council secretary general Ibrahim Akilmali addresses members of the club who convened a meeting at the clubhouse in Dar es Salaam yesterday. (Photo: Omar Fungo)

Over 700 members of the Young Africans Sports Club have intensified their inexorable quest to oust democratically elected chairman Llyod Nchunga,

The members made a huge congregation at the club house yesterday as they sought to offload the chairman on the grounds, among others, of contravening the constitution in his leadership.

The members claim that Nchunga has violated one of the fundamental aspects in the constitution, to hold an annual general meeting since coming to power in July 2010.

However, the members’ complaints would only be valid if they can be tabled before the Ilala Municipality sports registrar.

Led by elders council’s secretary general Ibrahim Akilimali, the members said in one voice that they have completely lost confidence of Nchunga to lead the club.

On behalf of the members, Akilimali blasted Nchunga and the entire executive committee for alleged lack of leadership commitment.

Nchunga has been on hot seat ever since the Mainland premiership derby against archrivals Simba ended with a five goal rout in favour of the later.

In the build up of the match, Yanga elders had requested to take charge of the team, a move completely rejected by Nchunga’s leadership.

Nchunga came into power in July 2010 and he led the club to win the Mainland premiership title under coach Sam Timbe in April last year.

No sooner had the dust settled in wild celebrations, Nchunga, through the same Ugandan coach, triumphed again to bring into the club the fourth Kagame Cup title in July since the last triumph in 1999.

Unpaid salary and allowance arrears for coaching staff and players have been another simmering crisis that has left Nchunga in the cold.

Former Yanga president Abbas Tarimba, has been appointed as a consultant in players registration ahead of the Kagame Cup title retention campaign and premiership season.

The Yanga members have vowed not to allow Nchunga and the entire executive committee to access the club house for whatsoever reason.

Nchunga had declared to hold a members annual general meeting on July 15, a date which is disputed by impatient elders council.

Meanwhile, five members of the Yanga executive committee have resigned and these include Paschal Kihanga, Mzee Yusuph and Mohammed Bhinda.

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