Yanga, Simba slapped fines
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THE Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) has slapped the country’s football giants; Simba and Young Africans a total of 800,000/- for misconducts committed in their league games.

Together with the fines it slapped the traditional rivals, TPLB also warned them not to repeat the committed offences. TPLB Chief Executive Officer, Boniface Wambura unveiled yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the current league leaders Simba have been fined 300,000 /- for failure to submit players’ list during their last game against Mbeya City held at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya region last Sunday.

Apart from the fine the club has also been warned for allowing their newly recruited Burundian Assistant Coach Djuma Masoud to work without acquiring residence and working permits which is against league regulation section 40 (13).

The Msimbazi street based club was asked to handover copies of their Burundian tactician permits before the end of this week (tomorrow) to the league board as to abide with the league regulations as well as the country’s law.

In retrospect their traditional rivals, Yanga have been fined 500,000/- following their supporters misconduct during a match against Simba at the Uhuru Stadium which ended in a 1-1 draw, Yanga supporters are charged for throwing bottles filled with urine during the game.

Premier League board also fined Njombe Mji and Stand United 500,000/- and 300,000 respectively for witchcraft and regulation bleaching. Njombe Mji allegedly committed acts implying witchcraft during their match against Simba at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam while Stand United had been fined after their goalkeeper caught wearing a jersey with unregistered number contrary to the regulations.

In another development referee Shakaile Ole Yangalai and match commissioner David Lugenge have been suspended for three months for their failure to take action against Mbeya City goalkeeper, Owen Chaima who slapped Azam striker, Yahaya Mohamed. Lugenge has been punished for not reporting the incident in his match report. The goalkeeper has also been suspended for the brutal act.

Meanwhile, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has confirmed that the national soccer team, Taifa Stars skipper, Mbwana Samatta will not be part of the team which will take on Benin this Sunday due to knee injury he sustained when serving his Belgium topflight league side KRC Genk.

Stars Head Coach, Salum Mayanga said his absence is a big blow to the team as he is a pillar head of the team’s attack.

He, however, assured Tanzanians of success in Benin as there are players to fill his void including Farid Mussa and Abdi Banda, though their participation is also in doubt due to injuries.

The team is scheduled to leave early today for Benin with the most of its players coming from local clubs.

Players are Aishi Manula, Peter Manyika, Gadiel Michael, Boniphas Maganga, Kelvin Yondani, Nurdin Chona and Himid Mao. Others are Hamis Abdallah, Raphael Daudi, Mohamed Issa, Jonas Mkude, Muthadir Yahya, Simon Msuva, Shiza Kichuya, Faridi Mussa, Ibrahim Ajib, Mbaraka Yusuph and Elias Maguli.

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