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Yanga urged to calm down

3rd May 2012
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Yanga chairman Lloyd Nchunga

Former Young Africans player Ramadhan Kampira has made a call to club members to maintain peace and tranquility ahead of their Saturday final league match against their archrivals Simba.

Kampira who also used to be an official of the Kinondoni Football Association said no one stands to benefit should Yanga fall to their rivals at the national Stadium on Saturday.

Yanga have failed to retain the title after poor results that kept the team to have a weak ceiling of 52 points should they win on Saturday.

The mark has already been surpassed by pace makers Simba and another title contender Azam such that the Saturday game becomes a mere formality for the former champions.

Though wining the Saturday match will not help Yanga, Kampira said it will be a shame to lose it to their rivals.

For Simba the match is priceless as winning would shatter Azam’s title dream and cruise into title podium to reclaim the trophy they squandered it in the final match of the previous season.

Kampira pleaded the rest of the Yanga members to set aside their differences and instead work with a hand in glove cooperation to beat their biter rivals on Saturday.

Yanga leadership is at the centre of misunderstanding with the club’s elders who want to have full control of the team before they play the Saturday game.

However, Yanga’s chairman Lloyd Nchunga and the executive committee has rejected the elders’ request on technical grounds.

Kampira said victory for Yanga will help the club to win tranquility and set up plans for the next season and Kagame Cup title defence.

Yanga won the first leg match against Simba and were on their way to retain the premiership title only to mess up on March 31 after fielding a suspended defender in their match against Coastal Union at the Mkwakwani Stadium.

Yanga players are training hard at their Bagamoyo camp as their rivals have shifted to their Zanzibar base from Bamba Bay in Dar es Salaam.

It has been a pride for either Simba or Yanga to beat the other regardless of the gravity of the match whether for league pints or friendly encounter, anywhere, anytime.

Club chairman Nchunga has experienced a torrid moment ever since he ascended into power after the July 2010 elections.

However, Nchunga has managed to silence his critics when he led the club into Mainland premiership title and the Kagame Cup last year.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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