Ruangwa to build soccer stadium

14Apr 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Ruangwa to build soccer stadium

PRIME Minister Majaliwa Kassim said as one way of promoting sports in the country, discussions are underway to build a modern football ground in Lindi Region’s Ruangwa District,.

PRIME Minister Majaliwa Kassim

The Premier was speaking when Namungo FC recently presented a trophy to him during a function held at Ruangwa trading center, where Chinese companies Sun Shine Industries and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) donated school desks to him.

The team emerged winners of regional division league by beating Nachingwea FC by 1-0 at home and by the same margin away, and now they will compete in national First Division league, FDL.

The Prime Minister who congratulated the team with 5m/- and two pairs of jersey and two balls, said he will do everything possible to see the team having a modern stadium, saying the facility will also help to boost economic activities of the district “Last time we had discussions with municipal officials, we asked them to allocate a place for the ground and because you (Namungo FC) have qualified for FDL league,

I will take the matter of stadium to the municipal again, we want the facility as soon as possible, because our team will need to play matches home and away, we cannot manage to use grounds in Mtwara as our home ground”, he said.

“The stadium is not that expensive, once the place is allocated we will invite business firms to build their mini shops outside perimeters of the stadium. I believe the ground will be self sustaining especially that we will be having many people visiting the facility to watch football games and also buying commodities”, he said.

The PM who is also a qualified football coach said construction of the ground will help to revive football in the district saying he feels that soccer is generally going down in the country because grassroots football is being ignored.

He also urged companies and organisations in the district to invest in sports saying the sector needs a lot of investment for it to grow. On his remarks Joseph Kahama from Tanzania-China relationship promised the PM who is also Member of Parliament of the constituency, that they will do everything possible to help him realise his dreams especially in creating job opportunities for the people of the district, also helping in education development by providing school desks and other learning materials.

Secretary general of Namungo FC Enock Gyunda thanked the PM for his continued support to the team and asked him to be the club patron and also discuss with Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to organise coaching course in the district so that it the district can have many qualified football coaches.

“We have a lot of talents here but the main problem we lack qualified coaches who can impart skills to our young and upcoming players. We ask you to talk with TFF so that they can organise a coaching course”, he said.

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