Dewji to set up soccer academy

17Jan 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dewji to set up soccer academy

IN an effort to unearth phenomenal football talents in Tanzania, Simba SC’s investor and ardent football lover Mohamed Dewji has disclosed plans to set up an academy.

Mohamed Dewji

In a post from Simba SC , Dewji who is popularly known as MO said they will start with 100 players who will be divided to 25 each in age categories of U-18, U-14 , U-12 and U-10.

  1. who was accompanied by Sweden’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Andres Sjoberg, said the aim is to produce good players who can play for Simba, overseas clubs and the national team.

“The whole essence of setting up the academy is to give an opportunity to the exciting talent we have in the country for it to grow to its fullest potential because we have the talent but it doesn’t blossom because they either lose interest or they are never taken in the right direction, the vision is to have Simba players in the future who have come from our structures,” he said

He said the academy will be full with all the needs for football and educational development.

“The youngsters will be provided with all the necessities for them to realize their dream of becoming professional players for local, overseas clubs and the national team” he said.

The post did not issue more details on the project and efforts to talk to Simba’s information officer, Haji Manara, proved futile as his phone went answered.

However, Dewji previously said having an academy, which will nurture talents, is the only way for Simba and the country to develop and have good players.

A few days ago when Simba lost to Mtibwa Sugar in the final of the 2020 Mapinduzi Cup, Dewji announced his resignation as chairman of the club’s board of directors.

The popular businessman said he will continue serving as Simba’s investor and supporter and he will also put much efforts in youth football development and infrastructure for the club .

  1. last year Dewji also posted a picture of him with an official of Benfica FC of Portugal and captioned it that “Benfica are one of the biggest clubs in Portugal and they have a very good youth football structure,” he said.

Should the project come to fruition, it will be a giant step in developing players through proper channels as the academy will be one of well organized and systematic football education programs domestically.