Sevilla FC to play Simba SC in Dar

21May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Sevilla FC to play Simba SC in Dar

SPAIN’s La Liga big guns Sevilla FC is set to jet into Tanzania today where they will play the country’s soccer giants, Simba Sports Club, in an international friendly match at the National Stadium in Dares Salaam two days later.

The game will go in history as Sevilla FC’s first match in Tanzania.



A press statement issued in Dar es Salaam said the Spanish club’s players are set to jet in today evening at the Mwalimu Nyerere International Airport.


According to the statement, Sevilla FC tour will as well involve a number of social and sports responsibility events including conducting clinics and trainings.


"As a global competition, it meets La Liga's commitment to be close to its fans. The fact that our Tanzanian fans can get a close-up look at a great club like Sevilla FC means it's a great opportunity for everyone," Oscar Mayo, La Liga's Director of International Development, said.


SportPesa Tanzania Director of Administration and Compliance Tarimba Abbas said the firm has been collaborating with some of the most prestigious football institutions in the world and saw the need to bring an experience of this magnitude to Tanzania.


“To be able to enjoy seeing one of the most emblematic football clubs in Europe - Sevilla FC- through our agreement with La Liga, the best league in the world, we will be able to showcase the talent in our country and improve the level of local football", he said.


Tarimba disclosed: “They will oversee training that will involve a junior team, Bom Bom FC, at the Uhuru Stadium in the city.”

“They will as well hold a seminar that will involve officials from local outfits, Tanzania Football Federation  (TFF) and the rest of the sport’s stakeholders so they can boost the latter’s knowledge in the sport and understand ways through which outfits can boost their income.”

The national soccer governing body’s Competitions Director, Salum Madadi, noted domestic referee, Herry Sasii, would oversee the game pitting the Spanish outfit against Simba.

Sasii will be assisted by Mohammed Mkono from Tanga and Dar es Salaam-based Soud Lila. Jonesia Rukyaa from Kagera will be the duel’s fourth official.

“The officials that will oversee the game are recognized by FIFA. The clash will promote domestic soccer officials, players and the country,” he noted.

Simba Sports Club information officer, Haji Manara, noted: “We still express our sincere regards to SportPesa for seeing to it Sevilla tour the country. It is an opportunity every outfit in Africa would like to have.”

“The preparations for the match are still going on smoothly. Simba has headed to Singida to face Singida United in the Mainland Premier League duel slated for May 21.”

“We know the magnitude of the match against Sevilla and we promise Simba fans and the rest of Tanzanians we will make the most of the opportunity to promote our club internationally, it will also be a platform for our players to put their skills to show.”

He noted his squad appeals to soccer enthusiasts to attend the match in bog number, as the lowest gate fee is 5,000/-.

The game is part of the 'La Liga World Challenge' project, which aims to project the image of Spanish football internationally, spreading the 'Marca España' policy that aims at bringing followers of La Liga closer to the action and promoting the clubs outside our country.


Through its 'La Liga World' brand, La Liga organises friendly matches between La Liga clubs and the most popular local teams around the world.


This is the second European club to visit the African country - Everton FC played a match against Gor Mahia of Kenya in 2017.


It is, neverhteless, not the first time that Sevilla has visited the African continent, in 2015 the club travelled to Morocco to play a post-season La Liga World match against Morocco outfit, Hassania Union Sport d'Agadir.

La Liga World Challenge is a programme created in 2014 by La Liga with the support of the Government of Spain, the National Sports Council (CSD) and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX).

It is an initiative to bring professional football clubs from all over the world together to project the image of Spanish football internationally, to spread the values of the 'Marca España' policy and generate new opportunities for all parties involved through cultural, public relations and business events.

Tickets for the game are on sale at Puma petrol stations in the city and Selcom centers.



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