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DEFENDING Champions Young Africans are today desperate to win vital three points when they host Mwadui FC at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

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PAMBA FC Head Coach Venance Kazungu has declared to wage an all out war to the neighbours Toto Africans in their First Division match this weekend.

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THE government has officially confirmed that the IAAF World Championship Bronze medalist Alphonce Felix Simbu will not be part of the Tanzanian team to participate in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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YOUNG Africans yesterday signed a historic three-year kit sponsorship agreement worth 2bn/- with the Italian based Macron Company. With the partnership, Macron will be the main suppliers of all Yanga football gear for the prescribed duration.

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TANZANIA’s top seeded lady golfer, Madina Iddi is in final preparations to turn golf pro after a sky-high success at the amateur level.

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ZANZIBAR golfers are the latest entries in the regional golf circuit and the just ended Indian Ocean Golf Tournament evidences the Isles’ endeavour to be best golf destination in East Africa.

The two-day stable ford competition saw Zanzibar golfers claiming most of the top awards, a situation that proves golf, which was reintroduced in the Isles a few years back, has fast grown up.

For the first time, a Zanzibari Kyle Vatch emerged far above all golfers from five countries, to claim the overall winner’s prize of the inaugural tournament held over the weekend at Sea Cliff Golf Club in Mwangapwani, Zanzibar.

The local player won the title after posting unassailable 76 stable ford points, the best score of the two-day tournament. Vatch looked certain to win the event right from the start when he sealed 43 stable ford points in the first day tee off.

His 33 points he added in the final 18-hole showdown firmly landed him the coveted trophy. The two day inaugural tournament attracted golfers from East Africa, South Africa and Italy. There was Kenyan Gurbux Singh among the best players of the maiden tournament. The Kenyan claimed the A Division title after posting 67 total points. He penned 31 points i

n the opening day before improving his score with 36 points in the final day. Zanzibar’s Patrick Orurke, who fired 62 points, claimed the Div A’s runner up position. Another Zanzibari, Mussa Foum was also among the best players of the tournament.

He posted 69 total points to win the B Division while Italian Fabio Cunato came second with 64 points. C Division title went to Vivek Gohil of Arusha who carved 71 points, beating his runner up Alex Thiem of Zanzibar by 7 points.

Thiem returned 64 points. Arusha’s Gohil came again as Junior Division winner with 71 points. Zanzibari Sjan Mugggenburg fired 62 points to clinch Ladies Division title while again a Kenyan golfer, Gurbux Singh went ahead to claim the top gross award with 155 gross strikes.

He penned 80 strokes in the first 18 holes and grossed 75 strokes in the final 18 holes. Speaking after the prize giving ceremony at Sea Cliff Resort and SPA Hotel in Zanzibar, the Kenyan golfer, Singh said he was impressed with course saying it is exotic and attractive to play on.

“It makes me feel good playing alongside other golfers from Eastern and Southern Africa,” he claimed.

The inaugural Indian Ocean Golf tournament, according to the organisers will be an annual event that aims to put East Africans on the course with players from all over the world.

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THE Mapinduzi Cup setback has forced an urge for reinforcement in the Dar es Salaam rivals, Simba and Young Africans ahead of their tough Premier League matches this week.

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THE Mara-based First Division side Biashara Mara very close to Premier League promotion do they win their last three matches against JKT Oljoro, Transit camp and Rhino Rangers.

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STAND United Coach Athuman Bilal has applauded his squad after their hard earned 1-0 victory against Ruvu Shooting in the Premier League match at CCM Kambarage Stadium over the weekend.

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WITH three local players at the helm of the driver’s seat of the inaugural Indian Ocean Golf trophy, makes a clear indication that golf has made a sky-high leap in Zanzibar just a few years after re-introduction.

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BRUISED traditional rivals Simba and Young Africans now seek solace in the Premier League while the third contenders, Azam threatening to end their long reign.

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THE Kagera Regional A d m i n i s t r a t i v e Secretary (RAS), Diwani Athuman, has appealed to district commissioners, district executive directors and other leaders to involve youth in sports activities to minimise crime in their respective areas.

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TANZANIA Football Federation (TTF) has issued a stern warning to all First Division League (FDL) teams, to desist from match-fixing and corruption scandals, as the league enters final stages to get three teams which will trade in the Mainland Premier League.

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MTIBWA Sugar leapfrogged Young Africans and Singida United to go third in the Mainland Premier League table, following a 1-0 win over Lipuli FC at the Samora Stadium in Iringa yesterday.

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CORPORATE Firms in the country have been urged to come forth and fund swimming in a move to boost the sport in the country. Call was made yesterday by Olugbenga Akinsanya Lawal, who is conducting the FINA Swimming Official Clinic at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Dar es Salaam.

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ALL is set as the draw for inaugural Indian Ocean International Golf Trophy is ready ahead of today’s tee off in Zanzibar. The two-day seasonal event officially opens the golf season drawing multinational golf players at exotic Sea Cliff Resort & Spa Golf Course in Mangapwani, Zanzibar.

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CONFIDENT record-chasing Azam FC are today looking to defend their Mapinduzi Cup title when they face inform Ugandan club URA in the decisive final at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar.

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ABOUT 40 participants are expected to take part in the FINA Swimming Official Clinic slated to begin today at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Dar es Salaam.

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TOTO African’s Head Coach, Ibrahim Mlumba, has said their sole aim is to remain in the First Division League as there is no chance of promotion at the moment.

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CELEBRATING Stand United fans coloured Shinyanga Municipality yesterday after the team received a modern bus being a sponsorship from a prominent businessman.

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MBAO FC striker, Habibu Kiyombo, has been voted as the Mainland Premier League’s best player of December, last year. This was confirmed yesterday by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Media and Communications Officer, Clifford Ndimbo, who said Kiyombo’s good performance in the top flight league qualified him to win the honour.

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YOUNG Africans technical bench has been blamed for the team’s elimination from Mapinduzi Cup after losing 5-4 on penalties to Uganda’s URA on Wednesday.

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SERENGETI Breweries Limited (SBL) yesterday signed a historic three-year sponsorship deal worth 450m/- with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to sponsor the national Women Premier League.

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TANZANIA Peoples’ Defence Forces (TPDF) Lugalo Golf Club of Dar es Salaam is looking for 13m/- to facilitate golfers’ trip to Nigeria ahead of the IBB Ladies Open Golf Championship.

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IN a move to ensure transparency and avoid irregularities that emerge in the First Division League (FDL), the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) has announced plans to record all the remaining FDL matches.

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UGANDA’s URA advanced into the final of this year’s Mapinduzi Cup after knocking out Young Africans 5-4 on penalties, in a thrilling semi-final encounter at the Amani Stadium in Zanzibar, yesterday.

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THE Football Association will interview at least one applicant from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background for future roles in the England set-up. English football’s governing body will adopt its own version of the ‘Rooney Rule’ implemented in the NFL in 2003.

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ALL is set for the Elite football trials to be hosted at the Jakaya M. Kikwete (JMK) Youth Park in Dar es Salaam on Saturday and Sunday.

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MBAO FC Head Coach, Etienne Ndairagije has confirmed the absence of his team captain Yusuph Ndikumana in their Saturday Premier League match against Ndanda FC at Nangwanda Sijaona in Mtwara.

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MAPINDUZI Cup enters semifinals today with three clubs from Tanzania Mainland making it to the stage and one Ugandan club completing the last four.

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SIMBA Sc Coach, Masoud Djuma has broken ice on the controversy surrounding three players who refused to sit at dugout after being substituted during the team’s 1-0 loss to URA at Amaan Stadium on Monday.

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MWANZA Regional Football Association (MZFA) has pushed ahead the regional football league from January 12 to 17, to give room for the First Division League matches.

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GOVERNMENT has banned singer Suzan Michael alias ‘Pretty Kind’ from participating in arts for six months alleging that her ‘Viduduwasha’ song has violated Tanzanian culture.

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