columnBy Anthony Tambwe
Haya jamani, they used to say that Papa Shango is very outdated, and I know nothing when it comes to soccer basics, let me try to work around this........today, let's talk soccer!
I love Tanzania, which is why I have not gone on exile yet, because the thrill of living in this country can never be found in any other African country, uhakika huo ninao.
We all love soccer........okay, most of us, and apart from the local teams in which Yanga and Simba take the lion's share when it comes to fan base, we also support foreign teams, especially from the English Premier League............mine is Chelsea, in case you asked.
I was watching the Champions League recently, and Barcelona, led by a young fellow called Messi, who terrorizes defenders with every opportunity, were playing against Celtics, ilikua bonge la mechi!
In that game, against everyone's expectations, Barcelona were thrashed two nil, what we would call 2 o'clock here in Bongo, kwa kweli ile mechi ilikua balaa!
One young fellow rose above all the defenders and headed in the first goal, and the stadium erupted........ that young guy happened to be a member of the East African Community, because he is a Kenyan called Victor Wanyama, nadhani wengi mnamjua.
It was a proud moment for East Africans, and being the patriot that I am, felt sad to see that young men from a neighbouring country can play centre stage in an international platform, inafurahisha kwa kweli.
Nilijiuliza maswali mengi sana, and one of the questions which really bothered me is, kwa nini sisi tunashindwa? We have very talented players in this country, lakini hatuendi popote!
I thought that maybe we are getting substandard coaches who do not possess enough experience to take us where we want to go, nikaona kua sio kweli, we get world class coaches, and still nothing gives!
What I discovered after asking so many questions, was very simple, we are doomed when it comes to soccer, and I have bad news for Tanzanians, soka letu litabaki kwenye magazeti tu!
I am sad to say this, but with the sport atmosphere in this country, it is very difficult to move forward, nawaambia kweli kabisa, because we are not serious with what we do.
Tunaendekeza majungu tu, and we let outside forces interfere with the running of soccer......a very unhealthy habit, I can assure you, and unless we change this attitude, siwadanganyi tutabaki kushangilia timu na wachezaji wa wenzetu.
Recently Azam FC fired their coach and brought in a new coach, but before they fired this one, they had fired another one, acheni niwasimulie kidogo. Tanzania hosted the Kagame Cup recently, and being the hosts, we were allowed to feature several teams.......kama kawaida there was Yanga and their archrivals Simba, and then for the first time there was Azam.
I have to be honest, I admired that team, because being first timers, and they conquered all odds and reached the finals, where they were defeated by the eventual winner, Yanga.
Before anyone could say hooray, Azam had fired their coach, Stewart Hall, reason? ................ they wanted the cup, second best did not count for them, waliona huyo kocha hawafai, and they brought in another one.
Lazima tuwe wawazi jamani, that was not a good reason to fire a coach who had brought honour to your club, simply because you were too ambitious without being realistic.
Okay, they brought in another one, and while they were still in second place on the league table, they faced Simba SC, and they were walloped, kama kawaida, kocha alitimuliwa. Did anyone bother to listen to what the fired coach said?
Jamaa alishangaa sana, and one of the questions he asked is, kwani being beaten by Simba means that everything else is forgotten? Tatizo letu kubwa ni kwamba we take things for granted. While other countries are busy taking giant strides in soccer, we are much occupied with peddling silly things, tunatembeza majungu tu!
The problem is that most Tanzanians are world class coaches, and if you listen to them, you start wondering how comes trophies evade the country like this, ni wataalamu wa soka! Hivi tutafika lini if we harass and demonize a player when he commits a mistake?
How can we advance in soccer if fans control what is happening on the field? Kwa kweli itabidi tubadilike, and let those concerned with running the affairs of the team to do their jobs. In other countries fans don't influence the decisions of the coach, and they don't go on a firing spree if they lose a game.