How Yanga clinched 2021/22 Premier League title in thrilling fashion

22Jun 2022
Lloyd Elipokea
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
How Yanga clinched 2021/22 Premier League title in thrilling fashion

​​​​​​​AFTER four years of being distinctly green with envy over Simba SC’s stranglehold of the league title, Yanga has brilliantly returned to the summit of local football following the outfit's league title victory last week.

Yanga winger, Farid Mussa (R), gets the better of Coastal Union's players, winger Vincent Aboubakar (C), and fullback Miraji Hassan during a 2021/22 NBC Premier League tie in Dar es Salaam last week. Yanga won 3-0. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

Indeed, the Jangwani Street outfit deserves rave reviews for its classy overall performance this season as it clinched the title without losing even a single game!

Right off the bat, though, it was obvious that Yanga meant serious business this season and that Simba SC’s grip on the title was in real jeopardy.

That notwithstanding, few expected that Yanga would utterly dominate the league to the extent of not losing a single encounter all season-long, which is a truly remarkable feat.

Thus, having now sewn up the league title, Yanga can look forward to the next season with optimism and burgeoning hope as big things will be expected of them.

Indeed, the Jangwani Street side will represent the country in continental football’s top-tier competition, the CAF Champions League next season, which will not be plain sailing for them.

Perhaps in acknowledgment of that fact, Yanga has already started to shore up its squad by signing the promising Burkina Faso attacker Stephane Aziz Ki in a lucrative deal.

It is also expected that the newly minted league champions may sign more stars to bolster their assault on all competitions both local and African next season.

However, until then, Yanga’s long-suffering hordes of devotees deserve to be absolutely over the moon at the fact that their aristocratic club has pulled off a spectacularly superb league title victory.

Let us cast our gaze further afield now to mull over funding for sports, which has perennially been one of the major woes bedeviling sports in the country.

Thankfully though, it is crucial to note that the authorities in present-day Tanzania have laudably taken it upon themselves to do a better job of funding sports development in the country.

As recent reports indicate, the authorities have pledged to build some spanking new sports stadiums as well as give a face-lift to those stadia in dire need of renovation.

Unquestionably, this is absolutely a positive development that should rightly leave us all feeling elated and ecstatic.

After all, it is admittedly an ill-kept secret that glorious sports achievements and state-of-the-art sports stadia go hand in hand.

Nevertheless, despite the authorities’ praiseworthy readiness to fund sports in the country, it would be sagacious if major private sector actors can be solicited for their assistance where sports funding is concerned.

Indeed, the aforesaid point can be viewed as particularly significant, especially when one considers the long-term future of sports funding on the home stage, which needs to be durable and sustainable.

From the difficult matter of sports funding, let us now dig into South African rugby where the country’s premier rugby league, the Currie Cup, has excitingly reached a do-or-die title decider.

Indeed, the Currie Cup final this season will feature two distinctly unheralded teams in the Griquas and the Pumas and both sides will square off against each other in a mouthwatering clash this weekend.

Perchance, the gobsmacking fact about this year’s Currie Cup final is that it will feature none of South Africa’s quartet of pre-eminent rugby clubs, who are the Bulls, the Sharks, the Stormers, and the Cheetahs.

Still, even though the final will pit two underdogs against each other, one should nonetheless expect that the title decider will likely be a rare sporting treat.

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