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Reflections on the next league season

13th May 2012
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As the dust begins to settle on the recently ended season in the Mainland premier league, we can as well start to reflect on what has been an eventful season in local football.

One of the major talking points of course was Simba’s title victory, but apart from the perennial rivalry that the Msimbazi street side have with Yanga, another huge highlight was the fact that Azam came extremely close to finally loosening the vice-like grip of Simba and Yanga over local football.

This then seems to suggest that Tanzanian football is on the verge of venturing into uncharted waters, where new territory in local football will be conquered by the bold and the brave.

Upheaval though was the dominant theme of the hour at the half-way stage as both Simba and Yanga made the jaw-slackening decision to fire their Ugandan coaches: Moses Basena and Sam Timbe respectively.

On the surface of things, there seemed to have been no apparent wisdom in this move as at the time, Simba had been sitting pretty atop the table, while their fierce foes Yanga were in second place.

While Simba went on to win the title, one could make the case that Yanga never quite recovered from this lapse in judgment which was arguably obvious to most people except themselves.

Indeed, although Yanga did go on to pose a significant threat to Simba’s eventual success in the title race, they also suffered from internal rows and more importantly, they would later unveil the worst face of local football which we rarely get to see.

Consider the infamous attack of a centre referee by some Yanga players in a league game towards the latter half of the league campaign.

Indeed, this despicable incident left many quarters in local football shocked and disgusted and it prompted all stakeholders of football to pause and do some intense soul searching about the direction in which our football was heading.

Nevertheless, let us end on a positive note and hail Simba who have emerged, for the umpteenth time as the best team in the country for yet another season.

Lloyd Elipokea is a sports

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY
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