‘Madman head’s shame is over’
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THE former President of Tanzania Ali Hassan Mwinyi has officially brushed off the ‘Madman Head’ shame, after over 40 years of existence. Mwinyi, the then Tanzanian President had said that in 1988 when flagging off a Tanzanian team heading for Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

The team he flagged off came empty handed, but two years later in 1990, Tanzania won three medals in Commonwealth Games of New Zealand. It was after the dismal performance of Tanzanian teams that Mwinyi said the country looks like a madman head that every one learns to shave it. In 1988, the then President spoke publicly on Tanzania’s poor performances in international competitions.

Describing the national team as a “madman’s head on which everyone could learn how to shave,” Mwinyi suggested that Tanzanians were tired of merely being participants instead wanted to win.

But his words paid off in 1990 as Tanzania won three medals. One silver and two bronze as opposed to the 1982 Games when Tanzania won five medals; one gold, two silvers and two bronze medals.

The heroes were Gidamis Shahanga, Juma Ikangaa, Zakaria Barie, Haji Ally, javelin thrower Zakaria Marekwa. Forty years later at the National Stadium Mwinyi, who was the Chief Guest in the CAF Confederation Cup match between hosts Simba and Djiboutian visitors, Gendarmerie, announced to officially clean Tanzania of the ‘Madman Head’s shame after seeing Simba posting a voluminous 4-0 win over the hapless visitors.

Also posted good results were Rwanda’s APR. Their midfielder Djihad Bizimana grabbed a hat-trick as the Rwandan side put four past visitors Anse Réunion of Seychelles in their first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round yesterday. Bizimana, 21, netted in the 12th, 70th and 90th minutes while Isaa Bigirimana scored the other goal in the 78th minute, as the military side ensured a bright start to their continental campaign in front of their fans at Amahoro National Stadium. But things didn’t go well for APR rivals, Rayon Sports who were forced to a 1-1 draw with Burundian side.

Rayon were held 1-1 by Burundi’s Lydia Ludic Académic in the first leg of the champions league preliminary round at Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali on Saturday. Substitute Jamali Bazunza gave the visitors the lead on the 75th minute after a swift counterattack before Hussein ‘Tchabalala’ Shaban equalised for the blues from a rebound from fellow forward Shassir Nahimana nine minutes later.

The team’s Head Coach Olivier Karekezi has issued a rallying call to his players to harness their finishing skills if the Rwandan league champions are to improve their chances of going past the preliminary round of CAF Champions. “I am neither happy nor sad because we have not won but we’ve not lost either,” Karekezi said after the match.

“They (Lydia Ludic) are a good side but we are looking forward to put up better performance in the return leg two weeks from now.” Ugandan KCC were not fortunate after losing 2-1 to CNaPs Sport of Madagascar in Antananarivo. Township Rollers of Botswana defeated El Merreikh of Sudan 3-0 in Gaborone, while JKU of Zanzibar drew 0-0 with Zesco of Zambia at Amaan Stadium.

Ngaya of Comoros were forced to a 1-1 with UD Songo of Mozambique while Congolese giants AS Vita clobbered Be Forward of Malawi 4-0 in Kinshasa

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