Arusha RC vows to support AFC quest for top flight spot

29Jun 2020
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Arusha RC vows to support AFC quest for top flight spot

THE newly appointed Regional Commissioner for Arusha, Idd Kimanta, has hit the ground running here, taking up office with a commitment to turn around all sporting events, teams and cultural outings.

Regional Commissioner for Arusha, Idd Kimanta

For starters, the new official is to give a shot in the arm to the ailing Arusha Football Club (AFC), currently playing in the First Division League (FDL) but heavily constrained financially.

“It is a shame that the Arusha team, which is now playing in Shinyanga, has its players boarding in cheap and squalid guest houses, this is rather painful,'' he stated.

''It will never happen again during my tenure here.”

Kimanta, who previously served as the District Commissioner for Monduli, said he will ensure that the AFC will be promoted to Premier League next season.

He added he will also support the army team of Mbuni FC, based in Monduli, that plays in Second Division League (SDL), so it can escalate into the FDL.

For years, Arusha has not been able to produce a football team to play in the First Division League.

The region’s only card is the AFC team, struggling to make ends meet while playing in the FDL.

The last time that Arusha managed to slot into the Mainland Premier League was over eight years ago, this was through the former JKT Oljoro FC.

The side was since sold off to Misungwi District of Mwanza and is now going by the name of Gwambina Football Club.

The Oljoro team, which belonged to the National Service (JKT) base of Arusha, climbed into the Premier League during the 2011/12 season, but dropped again to the FDL in the 2013/14 season.

Now through the new Regional Commissioner’s support, Arusha wants to try its card again in top flight, through the AFC.

“We are opening up new chapter in sports and culture, building teams, supporting players and making sure that Arusha name tops the list when it comes to all events,” Kimanta, who also worked hard in support of Mbuni FC during his tenure in Monduli, disclosed

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