Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

17 November 2012

Tanzania: Simba Sack Members, Committees

SIMBA SC Executive Committee has nullified membership of leaders of one of its famous branches in Dar es Salaam dubbed 'Mpira Pesa' as well as dissolving the entire sub committees for failure to perform.

The Club Chairman, Ismail Aden Rage, told reporters that the decision was reached during an emergency Executive Committee meeting that was held in Dar es Salaam on Thursday evening.

"I summoned the Executive Committee on Thursday in which, we came up with tough decisions to clear the air on the ongoing disputes within the club," said Rage.

Simba surrendered the Mainland Premier League lead to rivals Yanga after a dreadful performance in their last five matches in which, they managed only one win, two draws and as much number of defeats.

This did not augur well with several club members and fans, who pressed for an immediate sacking of the club's top leadership under Rage and Vice-Chairman Godfrey Nyange 'Kaburu'. An unprecedented conflict also emerged between the leadership and some key players in which assistant captains Haruna Moshi alias 'Boban' and defender Juma Nyoso were suspended, while skipper Juma Kaseja requested for a 'time out' after he survived a wrath of irate members and fans who adjudged him to have sabotaged the team in a match against Mtibwa Sugar in Morogoro.

Simba lost 2-0. Report on sacking of Serbian coach Milovan Circkovic also emerged but Rage insisted yesterday that all these confrontations were spearheaded by some members because of their greediness to get hold of club's properties and use them for self benefit.

He said the Magomeni Mikumi based 'Mpira Pesa' branch Chairman Masoud Awadh alongside his Secretary-General Ali Bane have their membership been cancelled, allegedly for contravening the club's constitution by calling members meeting without consent of the authority.

"They addressed the media as well as calling for members meeting, while knowing that they do not have powers to do so," said Rage, adding that Awadh is also not an active member of the club because he has not paid his membership fees for two consecutive years.

Mpira Pesa branch under Awadhi held a meeting that wanted all the club top brass out following the team dismal performance in the final rounds of the premier league. Rage said as that was not enough; they (Mpira Pesa) solicited more than 600 members' signature to press for an extraordinary general meeting in their process to achieve a coup d'état.

However, he said, his leadership realized that more than 90 per cent of the members who had signed for a meeting are not eligible members while several signatures were forged. Rage further said that the Executive Committee has dissolved entire sub committees for failure to perform as expected.

The committees include technical under Ibrahim Masoud, Disciplinary led by Peter Swai, Financial under Vice-Chairman Godfrey Nyange 'Kaburu' and Player's Registration under Zakaria Hans Pope. "We found out that the sub committee are redundant and of no help to the club.

We will form new committees which will help the team perform well in the next round of the league and CAF Champions League," said Rage. Meanwhile, the committee has apologized to the team's first choice goalkeeper, Juma Kaseja following a recent attack on the custodian who was accused by a number of members and fans of sabotaging the team.

He termed it as a 'bad wave' that has passed. Rage said they feel obliged to so do and encourage Kaseja to take on his duties without fear. He said coach Milovan has gone on leave and is due to return.

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