Tanzania: Will Young Africans Follow in the Footsteps of Rivals Simba?

Simba SC have sent ripples of shock to their Jangwani Street rivals--Young Africans. They will perhaps follow in the footsteps of their nemeses.

Yanga chairman Yusuf Manji called for an emergency meeting on Tuesday, which will take place on Saturday without disclosing the agenda.

However, The Citizen has leant that one of the agenda is to discuss the implication of Simba SC's decision to change into a company owned through shares.

Mohammed Dewji, the youngest billionaire on the continent, bade to buy 51 per cent of the club's stake upon reformation of the club's ownership structure.

Simba gave the nod to the change of ownership system, meaning that Dewji will buy the stake to the tune of Sh20 billion, the amount that promises to transform the club into one of the mega rich sides on the continent.

The former Singida Urban legislator also assisted the club with some S00 million for signing top class players before the transfer window slam shuts next week.

Simba's unprecedented change of fortunes has prompted Manji to call for a discussion of the future of Yanga, now that their oldest rivals will kiss goodbye to financial constraints.

Yanga secretary general Baraka Deusdedit said yesterday that the meeting is meant to discuss a wide range of issues pertaining to the development of the club, hinting that the Simba transformation will also be discussed.

"The agenda of the meeting will include development of the club, players transfer activities and of course, what is going on at our arch-rivals," Deusdedit said.

"I can't really predict how it will feature at the meeting, but it is obvious that our members will be eager to know the implication of the Simba's decision. You know, the transformation they are undergoing may have huge effects on us, so members will have an opportunity to discuss such issues."

Yanga was the first club to come up with idea of changing the ownership style into a company, but it only led to the rise of two factious groups namely; Yanga Asili and Yanga Company whose conflicts also affected adversely the performance of the team in various championships.

Source: The Citizen.