THE 2011 Mapinduzi Cup football tournament kicks-off this afternoon marking the beginning of the celebration of the 47th anniversary of the 1964 revolution, Ali Halil Mirza, members of the competition’s organizing committee said here on Saturday.

“We have been doing well, teams continue to arrive, and we have already pocketed 42m/- from donors for the competition climaxing on the revolution Day (January 12),” Mirza said.


THE 2011 Mapinduzi Cup football tournament kicks-off this afternoon marking the beginning of the celebration of the 47th anniversary of the 1964 revolution, Ali Halil Mirza, members of the competition’s organizing committee said here on Saturday.

“We have been doing well, teams continue to arrive, and we have already pocketed 42m/- from donors for the competition climaxing on the revolution Day (January 12),” Mirza said.

He mentioned that the opening ceremony of the tournament would be graced by the Minister for Information, Culture, Tourism, and Sports Abdilahi Jihadi Hassan, and the entrance fees are 3,000/-, 2,000/-, and 1,000/-.

According to the Daily News (News Paper) Eight teams, four each from Zanzibar and Mainland are set to participate in this year’s tournament and preparations for the championship were in final stages.

Teams from Mainland are Premier League champions, Simba, Yanga, Azam FC and Mtibwa Sugar.

All the teams are ready for the tournament, as players from Zanzibar teams predicting that it will be a good tournament.

The Islanders are cherishing the opportunity to gain experience from Tanzania mainland big teams- Simba and Yanga.

Chuoni team from Zanzibar will face Azam of Dar es Salaam in the opening match at 4pm; followed by a highly anticipated clash between Zanzibar Ocean View and Yanga at 8pm.

The tournament received a considerable boost after Young Africans confirmed their participation on Thursday.

It had been feared that the club could withdraw from the annual championship, in the wake of the ongoing off-field wrangles involving players and the club’s hierarchy.

It had been feared that the club could withdraw from the annual championship, in the wake of the ongoing off-field wrangles involving players and the club’s hierarchy.

A 22-man star-studded squad and five officials depart today for Zanzibar ready for their opening match tonight.

The squad will not involve injured duo Athumani Idd ‘Chuji’ and Shamte Ali. Sendeu said embattled industrious midfielder Idd torn a muscle in his hip and Ali is still recovering from a knee operation.

The tournament continues tomorrow with group B matches whereas, Zanzibar’s KMKM will battle it out against Mainland’s Mtibwa, before Premier League Champions, Simba, and Jamhuri face off.

On Tuesday, Azam will be back in action, taking on Zanzibar Champions, Zanzibar Ocean View, with Yanga entertaining Chuoni in the day’s late kick-off.

On Wednesday, Mtibwa Sugar will date Jamhuri and with KMKM vs. Simba following up later on.

Match Day 5 fixtures shows that Chuoni and fellow Islanders Zanzibar Ocean View will face off followed by Yanga vs. Azam.

Match Day 6 will see Jamhuri battling it out against their KMKM brothers, while Mainlanders Simba and Mtibwa will take each other later on.

The matches are scheduled kick off at 4pm and 8pm respectively, while semi-finals are planned for January 9 and 10, before the final game, to be graced by President Ali Mohamed Shein, on January 12.

The winner of the competition which kicks off from January 2 to 12 on the revolution day to be marked at the Amani Stadium will pocket in 3m/-, and the runners-up will be rewarded 2m/-.

Source: Daily News