Dar institute to hand over jerseys to Simba SC, Yanga fans

23Jul 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dar institute to hand over jerseys to Simba SC, Yanga fans

DAR ES SALAAM's Hussein Blood Drive Institute is expected to hand over Simba SC and Yanga jerseys to 200 soccer fans, who will donate blood ahead of Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) final pitting Simba SC against and Yanga, which will take place in Kigoma.

The institute's officials stated the football enthusiasts will don the jerseys once they attend the match at Lake Tanganyika Stadium this weekend.

The football fans in Kigoma will be awarded the jerseys of this season's Vodacom Premier League champions, Simba SC, and second-placed Yanga. According to the institute's coordinator, Azim Dewji, it will hand over jerseys to 100 Simba SC supporters and as many Yanga fans. Dewji noted:

"Apart from giving away the 200 jerseys, there will also be an opportunity for 50 supporters, 25 fans from either outfit, to take pictures with their respective clubs' players.''

"In this photoshoot, a fan who wants to take the picture and his favourite player will contribute 200,000/-. The money raised will be used to buy more jerseys that will fund the same exercise in other regions," Dewji revealed.

Dewji, who was Simba SC's sponsor when the outfit booked a place in the CAF Confederation Cup final in 1993, said blood donation would be done at Kigoma Regional Hospital, located at Maweni, on Saturday.

In addition, he said a place for fans to go to take pictures with the players will be announced before Saturday. The Hussein Blood Drive Institute, Dewji revealed, has set up a fundraising campaign to save and provide for the needy in various parts.

Last year they managed to get 500 bottles during Premier League matches bringing together the traditional rivals. According to the National Safe Blood Program, voluntary blood donation is very important for a nation of healthy people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) directs each member state to collect one percent of its country's population or 10 bottles per 1,000 citizens to meet the demand for safe blood at all times.