The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

21 August 2009

Tanzania: Young Africans Lose Appeal

Reigning champions Young Africans have no option but to drop another player after their appeal against Kenyan George Owino hit a snag.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) held a meeting yesterday to discus the appeal and the final decision was the back-to-back champions to reinstate Owino.

Last week, the federation gave Young Africans five days to axe one of their newly signed foreign players, but they responded by appealing.

The former Tusker FC star, who played for Simba before decamping to archrivals Young Africans, has a valid contract that expires next year.

However, the saga has now taken a new twist as the federation instructed the Jangwani Street club not to field any of their foreign players until they offload one star.

"We have duly informed them to drop the player as soon as possible otherwise none of their newly signed players will be eligible for league matches," he stressed.

Young Africans get off their title defense campaigns on Sunday against newcomers African Lyon at the Uhuru Stadium.

Bankrolled by Yusuf Manji, the club will have to drop the player from the following; Jama Mba Robert (Cameroon), Kabongo Honore (Rwanda) and Steven Bengo (Uganda).

Others are Joseph Shikokoti, Moses Odhiambo, John Njoroge, Boniface Ambani, Mike Barasa (Kenya), Obren Cuckovic (Serbia) and Wisdom Ndlovu (Malawi).

"We want them to drop one player from their current squad and the choice is theirs," he insisted.

According to the official, Young Africans who submitted a list of 10 foreign players excluding Owino will be required to submit a fresh list immediately.

TFF's ruling is a victory for Simba Sports Club who had opposed Young Africans' decision to drop the Kenyan central defender after the set deadline.

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