Tanzania is buzzing ahead of the highly anticipated Kariakoo derby between Yanga FC and Simba FC at the 60,000 seaters Benjamin Mkapa stadium in Dar-es-salaam this Saturday.
This game ranks number one in Tanzania and in fact “unites a nation” with almost every national having allegiance.
Ironically it also “divides families” and on the global context is Liverpool/Everton in England or Inter /AC Milan in Italy and in South America is close to Boca/River Plate in Argentina.
In Africa, this game ranks with Zamalek versus Al Ahly in Egypt and the Soweto derby in South Africa between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The importance and delicate nature of this particular game are embedded in the Tanzania Premier League board’s insistence on naming six referees.
The two extra referees will be at the end of both sides of the goal-posts like happens in Europe with authority “improvising this to ensure fans are convinced about the result in a game that has drawn extra security”.
Both coaches know that this game is massive for their title surge.
“The earlier we settle and secure the game, the better,” said Yanga Coach Cedric Kaze while his counterpart Sven Vandenbroeck didn’t reveal that much. “We must be careful during the match”.
Going into this Tanzania premier league game, Yanga and Simba have each played nine games, picking 23 and 19 points respectively, and chase Azam FC that has played 10 games and is atop the standings with 25 points.
Simba FC is likely to miss the services of Clatous Chama, Meddie Kagere, and Gerson Fraga and will now look to Luis Miquissone, Francis Kahata, Said Ndemla, and Ibrahim Ajibu.
Yanga FC has a cleaner bill of health with their only likely absentee being winger Carlos Carlinhos.