Former Simba SC skipper vouches for discipline among players

27Sep 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
The Guardian
Former Simba SC skipper vouches for discipline among players

FORMER Simba SC midfielder, Henry Joseph, has advised young Tanzanian soccer players to work hard and value discipline to achieve their goals in their football career.

Joseph, who served as the club's skipper at some point, said so due to the presence of many talented players in the Mainland Tanzania Premier League as well as other leagues supervised by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

According to the veteran midfielder, domestic footballers lack continuity when they rise to prominence at a young age.

Joseph pointed out: "The only thing they need to do is to have discipline on and off the field. The discipline on the field is hard work because your life as a young player is on the field.''

"Discipline off the pitch includes respecting people, and living purposefully on and off the field.''

Speaking to The Guardian, Joseph did not want to make it clear that he has retired from the game of football while he is currently going for a CAF Diploma D coaching course.

He disclosed that he is still an active member of the domestic soccer fraternity as he wants to share his experience.

The midfielder revealed: "Nowhere did I say I have retired from soccer, but the day will come when I will issue a statement, at the moment, I have not yet retired but I am studying a coaching course."

Joseph maintained local footballers should strive to opt for professional stints outside Tanzania 

He issued the opinion about the impact brought about by the increasing number of foreign players in the Mainland Premier League as opposed to locals going for professional stints beyond the country's borders.

"It is important for the aspiring soccer players to make an effort to go abroad. This would help even when we want to form a strong national team, the presence of players playing abroad would facilitate good integration and good results."

"I call on the government, TFF, and the various sports stakeholders to support the development and co-operation of various agents to be able to send our players out," Joseph revealed.

Joseph also congratulated the senior national team for successfully leading Group J of the ongoing African Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. 

According to Joseph, he is pleased with the ability of the squad's technical bench led by coach Kim Poulsen.

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