Transport for Simba SC, Yanga followers to Kigoma for Friday

20Jul 2021
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Transport for Simba SC, Yanga followers to Kigoma for Friday

THE upcountry special passengers train, which will carry soccer fans going to Kigoma to watch this season's Federation Cup final, bringing together Simba SC and Yanga, will leave for the region on July 23.

Some of Yanga's fans pictured after Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) had announced the cancellation of their side's Vodacom Premier League clash against age-old rivals, Simba SC, which was slated for May 8 at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

Briefing reporters yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) Managing Director, Masanja Kadogosa, said that the corporation has organized the trip in collaboration with media firm, Clouds Media Group.

He said the train will start its route from Dar es Salaam on July 23 and return on July 25 after the tie.

Kadogosa said TRC has arranged 14 coaches- deluxe train to carry between 800 and 1000 passengers to and from Kigoma.

He stated: "TRC is happy to welcome all football fans to use the opportunity available by buying their tickets sold at all regional offices.''

He noted the football enthusiasts can also make a booking via an online system.

He said the costs are favourable, noting a passenger using third class has pay 100,000/-, while second class sitting is 120,0000/- and 150,000/- for second class sleeping.

According to him, the train will have entertainment including music from different solo artists, food, and drinks.

"TRC calls on sponsors and companies to join the corporation and sponsor the transport," he said.

Shafii Dauda from Clouds Media Group said that the train will have a friendlier environment for all passengers using it.

He mentioned some of the musicians who will perform in Kigoma on July 24 as Aslay Isihaka Nassoro 'Aslay', Ahmadi Ali 'Madee', Juma Kassim 'Juma Nature', Joseph Haule 'Professor J', and Chege Chigunda.

Reuben Ndege, Strategic Manager at Clouds Media Group, said that the train will be installed with play stations to give people varieties of entertainment.

"The trip is also all about tourism because the passengers will get a chance to see the ongoing construction of Standard Gauge Rail (SGR)," he said.

He said passengers can buy tickets for the coming match while on their way to Kigoma.

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