Singida United set to face Bandari in SportPesa Cup 2019 opener

08Jan 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Singida United set to face Bandari in SportPesa Cup 2019 opener

TANZANIA’s football club, Singida United, is expected to take on the Kenya Premier League giants, Bandari FC, in the opening match of the SportPesa Cup 2019 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 22.

The tournament's fixture, which was released by the organizers SportPesa in the city yesterday, disclosed that Mainland Premier League giants, Yanga, will lock horns with Kenya's SportPesa Community Shield winners, Kariobangi Sharks, in the second match of the tournament that has been scheduled to end on January 27.


The SportPesa Super Cup defending championship, Kenya's Gor Mahia, will confront Mbao FC of Mwanza in the first match on January 23, whereas the last match of the tournament's last eight stage will pit Mainland Premier League defending champions, Simba SC, against AFC Leopards of Kenya.


The last four stage's matches of the competition have been slated for January 25, whilst the third-place match will take place two days later, which will also be the tournament's climax.


Tanza Football Federation (TFF) Competition Director, Salum Madadi, noted preparations for the SportPesa Super Cup have been completed and he urged soccer fans in the country to attend the matches in big number.


“Every soccer fan should hardly miss the matches, we believe our teams will perform well and make sure the trophy stays in the country," Madadi disclosed.


The tournament's champions will take on English Premier League side, Everton FC, in an international friendly match that will take place at the former's venue.


Everton FC will be visiting Africa for the second time. The club did so for the first time in 2017 in which it faced Gor Mahia in an international friendly match at the National Stadium the same year.


“This year's tournament's fixture proves there will be an exciting week for the game in Dar es Salaam. I call on fans to attende matches in big number and support the sport's development in our region," SportPesa's Direct of Administration and Compliance, Tarimba Abbas, insisted.


The SportPesa Cup tournament has been termed as a platform for participating clubs' players to showcase their talent to prominent soccer clubs from outside the East Africa region, as it was the case for former Gor Mahia players, Meddie Kagere and Godfrey Walusimbi.


Kagere and Walusimbi got bigger moves outside Kenya after showcasing scintillating performance in the previous edition of the SportPesa Cup tournament, which was known as SportPesa Super Cup, that took place in Nakuru, Kenya in June last year.