Vodacom Tanzania hails Simba SC for lifting VPL trophy

09Jul 2020
Faustine Feliciane
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Vodacom Tanzania hails Simba SC for lifting VPL trophy

VODACOM Tanzania PLC, main sponsors of the Vodacom Premier League (VPL), have congratulated Simba Sports Club for lifting the 2019/20 season's top flight trophy.

Simba striker, Meddie Kagere, holds the 2019/20 Vodacom Premier League silverware his outfit has clinched shortly after the club's top flight clash with Namungo FC, which took place in Lindi yesterday. PHOTO; SOMOE NG'ITU

The company has also heaped praises on the rest of the top flight clubs which competed in the tournament.

"We feel proud to have been part of the domestic top flight, given it keeps on improving every year,'' Linda Riwa, the firm's Commercial Business Unit Director, disclosed at a ceremony the firm hosted for the club in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

''Kudos should also go to officials of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB), all outfits, sports journalists, co-sponsors and all Tanzanians for effectively participating in the top flight.''

''Soccer commands great following and it is a very important game in our country and in the other parts of the world.''

''This sponsorship gears towards offering entertainment to Vodacom customers and the rest of Tanzanians, offering employment oppportunities to players and other attendants, and maintaining better relationship among people in the community,'' Linda, who represented Vodacom Tanzania PLC Managing Director Hisham Hendi at the ceremony, stated.

''Vodacom has been in the forefront of efforts to connect people and bringing Tanzanians together through the telecommunications firm, Vodacom is famed for offering the best services in accessing data, making calls, using short message service and mobile money transaction 'M-Pesa'.''

"Soccer is the biggest employment opportunity for domestic youths and we are happy to have been part of the success we are witnessing because of our firm's sponsorship.''

''The sport's success in Tanzania has helped such players like Mbwana Samatta and Simon Msuva to land opportunity to play professional soccer outside the country, with Samatta ultimately getting opportunity to play in Europe.''

''Vodacom Tanzania has motivated all outfits to serve as good ambassadors and has expressed its plan to keep on motivating the squads and fully cooperate with the latter to develop the sport in the country.''

Linda further disclosed Vodacom expresses gratitude to Tanzanians for turning up at the venues to cheer their clubs, given fans are the number 12 player in any of the soccer club.

“We also thank sports reporters for their tremendous contribution in presenting details on the top flight to the game's followers in and outside the country and promoting the VPL,'' she stated.

Meanwhile, Yanga head coach, Luc Eymael, is adamant although his squad's Federation Cup semi-final against Simba, slated for Sunday in Dar es Salaam, is extremely important to his outfit, he and his players do not fear their opponents.

Yanga will confront Simba in the match, which will take place at National Stadium from 5pm.

Eymael pointed out he has asked his players to opt out of developing fear for the match, insisting it is simply like any other clash.

The Belgian tctician disclosed he is keeping on implementing his tactics ahead of the clash.

"It will be a good game on the basis of the sides' status but I do not have pressure. We have prepared well for it and we are keeping on seeing to it we grab victory and book a place in the final,'' he disclosed.

He disclosed they gear towards seeing to it they garner chance to participate in continental competition next season, given they have missed out on this season's VPL silverware.

"Competing in next season's CAF Confederation Cup lies in our ability to lift the Federation Cup trophy, we have two fixtures left which I think if we will come out victorious in, we will have the continental tournament's ticket in our hands, the coming duel with Simba, and the final, are quite important,'' he noted.

Yanga are expected to make their way to Dar es Salaam tomorrow after facing Kagera Sugar in a VPL clash, which was expected to take place in Kagera yesterday.