Tnz's players ought to learn from Miquisoinne,Chama & Kisinda's sales

21Aug 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tnz's players ought to learn from Miquisoinne,Chama & Kisinda's sales

​​​​​​​FOOTBALL analysts and fans in Tanzania have been discussing the sales of Simba SC midfielders, Clatous Chama, and Jose Luis Miquissone, and Yanga's winger, Tuisila Kisinda.

Former Yanga winger Tuisila Kisinda. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

Some went far by saying that these deals had a clause to reward Simba SC and Yanga with pre-season camps in Morocco.

The clubs are impressed with the profits they have pocketed. The players have also rejoiced.

I think Chama is the happiest. Last season he negotiated with Simba over his new contract and he was given a huge sum on signing on fee to sign a new contract.

Then he will now be offered another signing fee for signing for the Moroccan club, RS Berkane.

The North African football teams clubs usually offer a huge sum of signing fee to players.

After that the salaries are high. Chama, Kisinda, and Miquisoinne each are expected to be paid more than 25m/- a month by their respective Clubs.

That is a lot of money but remember that this fortune will go to Kisinda's DR Congo, Miquissone's Mozambique, and Chama's Zambia.

Chama has, for instance, already sent money back home he received from his contract extension with Simba.

Domestic footballers have surprisingly not shown any effort to improve their game and get an opportunity for a professional stint elsewhere, none of them has been wanted by the big clubs in Africa.

The players are the ones who suffer from their ongoing problems of misconduct now and then.

They are wasting their time in the country by staying here and taking low salaries from their respective outfits.

So far Simon Msuva is the only local footballer earning a good salary in Morocco.

Msuva, now turning out for Morocco's Wydad Athletic Club, deserves to be paid a lot of money for the type of club he currently plays for.

One cannot play Wydad AC and then less than 10m/- a month. He must be paid more than that.

Msuva went to Wydad as a star who excelled in Morocco Premier League with Difaa El Jadida.

It means his transfer has been expensive because of his efforts. I do not want to talk about the bonuses of winning the Moroccan championship last season. What else does he want?

I do not know what Tanzanian midfielder, Himid Mao, will be getting from Entag El-Harby in Egypt.

Mao, nevertheless, must be making more money than the amount he used to get at a time he turned out for Tanzania's Azam FC.

Fortunately for him, he is still fighting and displaying good football in Egypt.

What is going on for the remaining local footballers? I have already said here the difference between natives and foreign professionals is just dedication.

Excessive use of force, high stamina, and a few others are what distinguish a Tanzanian player from a foreign player.

Today we have many players from outside the country and now we are bringing quality players who are using our league as a platform for landing opportunities for professional stints elsewhere.

It is not bad for our clubs. They make money. The problem is that local footballers, hardly compete for these opportunities to play in big clubs outside the country. I do not know how they feel.

It all begins in the local footballers' teams. First of all, they do not get a chance to make it to the first choice sides but even those who do get a chance are playing in difficult positions.

For example, in North African teams, I do not see them buy many defenders.

This is the reason fullbacks Mohammed Hussein and Shomari Kapombe have continued to turn out for their side, Simba.

The North African teams love hard-working foreigners, such as central defenders, midfielders, and forwards or wingers like Miquissone and Kisinda.

It will take a long time for fullbacks to land opportunities for professional stints elsewhere and unfortunately for us that is the area local footballers dominate most at Simba.

The forward line turns out to be wildly exotic. Except for John Bocco, there is no local striker who is pushing himself to perform well.

And if Bocco hung up his boots, I do not know whether there is a local forward that can impress North African clubs.

Local strikers, Ditram Nchimbi, Charles Ilamfya, Waziri Junior, and others are helpless.

And even with the registration that has been done by Yanga and Simba, next window football followers will hear either Simba's Peter Banda or Yanga's Fiston Mayele has been signed by one of the prominent teams outside the country.

They are the ones who will get the chance to play most of the time in the Premier League.

The first thing needed is for locals to work hard and land a place in their respective outfits' first teams.

One cannot be seen when he is on the bench. Unfortunately, some local players are satisfied with sitting on the bench. They are not bothered by the situation.

We only see them show off on either Instagram or other social media while foreign professionals are proving their worth on the pitch.

What went wrong? I'm still baffled. What is it our players are facing? There are lots of reasons.

Local footballers do not work hard in practice. That they do not train individually once team training has ended.

Domestic football lovers should ask themselves what were the former players doing exactly, what made them better?

Chris Mugalu is lately displaying what former Simba attacker, Edward Chumila, had showcased in his heyday.

Either Fiston Mayele or Michael Sarpong is displaying what former Yanga striker, Mohammed Hussein, was showcasing fluently.

The problem is that the former players were smart and disciplined, much s they could not land professional stints elsewhere.

Local soccer players in recent years have what it takes to play the sport outside the country but they are frustratingly ending up on their respective clubs' bench.

Hussein and his then teammate at Yanga, James Tungaraza alias 'Boli Zozo' were on the side's bench, giving room for DR Congo's Shabani Nonda. Nonda ultimately left and went to Europe.

Hussein and Tungaraza remained in our land. Today the story is different. Local footballers do not even get a chance to play.

Let young local soccer players wake up and fight. Life is not lame.

I hardly see Simba and Yanga stop looking for foreign players.

They have 12 spots for foreign players. The good thing for them is that they have the money to afford them.

One should review how keeper, Metacha Mnata, played on Yanga's goal. And then he was benched, and he was later released by the club.

The goalie is a player most local soccer lovers used to consider as the number one goalkeeper at Yanga but now things have changed, Yanga has fallen for Mali's number one goalkeeper, Djigui Diarra.

This is the way a local outfit showcases its flamboyance. We do not know what will be Mnata's next career move.

If the shot-stopper joins either Kinondoni Municipal Council FC or Polisi Tanzania, will local soccer fans expect the North African outfits to see him there?

This is our problem. Even when midfielder, Jonas Mkude, found himself in trouble at Simba and got suspended, then the North African sides could easily see Ugandan midfielder Tadeo Lwanga instead of Mkude who was at home.

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