TFF intensifies preparations for 2021 ASFC final

16Jul 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TFF intensifies preparations for 2021 ASFC final

TANZANIA Football Federation (TFF) says it has stepped up preparations for this season's Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) final bringing together historical rivals, Simba SC and Yanga, at Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma next week.

Yanga’s forward, Yacouba Songne (2nd R), dribbles past Biashara United's center back, Lenny Kissu (2nd L), and midfielder, Ramadhan Chombo (L), in this season's Federation Cup's last four stage's match at Ali Hassan Mwinyi Stadium in Tabora last month. Yanga won 1-0. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA.

The age-old rivals will meet in the final of the ASFC on July 25 and TFF through the federation's Director of Competitions, Salum Madadi, said all preparations are going on very well.

"We are going on very well with our preparations, I can say we have done almost all vital preparations. What remains are minor works which I am sure will be finished next week before the final,'' he said.

Madadi's assurance comes after some people had questioned the readiness of Lake Tangayika Stadium to host a final between the two local football power houses.

An encounter involving the two sides normally attracts a lot of emotions to both people watching either at the stadium or on TV.

Kigoma Regional Football Association (KRFA) official Omari Gindi was also quoted in the local press to have said they have intensified preparations for the final.

He said KRFA is ready to host the match and they are confident that they will successfully host it.

The final between the two sides is attracting a lot of interest from both within and outside the country.

The last time the two sides met in a top flight clash, held at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 3, Yanga beat Simba 1-0.

The two outfits have intensified preparations both on and off the field with reports saying they have increased their training schedule.

Yanga information officer Hassan Bumbuli said the preparations were going on smoothly.

“We are preparing just like what we do for any other game. There are no special preparations, but we are determined to beat them in the ASFC final, that will be the best award to our never-say-die supporters,'' he said.

Simba SC information officer Haji Manara is reported to have stated his outfit is also determined to win the cup in Kigoma as pride is at stake for the Premier League champions.

“We are confident that we will win the cup this year, they beat us at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, but this time around we will not allow them repeat the feat,'' Manara said.

Yanga progressed to the final after cruising to 1-0 victory over Biashara United in the semi-final, which took place in Tabora.

Simba SC cruised to the showdown's final in similar fashion, edging Azam FC 1-0 in the semi-final, which took place in Ruvuma.

Simba SC is looking to retain the ASFC top honour and boast of having domestic double this season.

The outfit lifted the last year's tournament's title after beating Namungo FC 2-1 at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Rukwa.

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