Archrivals Yanga and Simba face off in an epic clash in this year’s Cecafa Kagame Cup final live on SuperSport 9.
The city of Dar es Salaam will come to a virtual standstill on Sunday with over 60,000 fans are expected to flock the National Stadium for one of Africa’s biggest derbies.
Nicknamed Jangwani Boys, Yanga have won the trophy three times while Simba; fondly referred to as Msimbazi boys are the most successful club in the championship with six victories. A win for Simba will see them forge past Tusker in the list of winners.
The match will be a repeat of the epic 1975 and 1992 clashes between the two teams in the Cecafa club championship finals. In the 1975 encounter, Yanga emerged the winners beating Simba in the finals only to lose the 1992 finale.
The match will also pit two Ugandan coaches against each other as Yanga Coach Sam Timbe comes up against Moses Bassena.
“I am happy to have reached the finals only in my first attempt with Yanga and it will be a good match but very difficult for both sides. I only hope that other East African counties like Uganda and Kenya look at this derby as an example and see how Tanzanians love their own football,” said Timbe.
In the job for barely a couple of months, Bassena is having the time of his life.
“I am more than happy to have reached the finals as I have barely settled in my new team. This will be a top clash. I respect my colleague Sam Timbe and I know the match will be entertaining but as a coach I will be going for a win to get some silverware for my club.”
Yanga boasts of quality through their side led by captain Shadrack Nsajigwa who also doubles up as the national team skipper.
Defender Nadir Haroub popularly known as “Cannavaro” expected to marshal the defence with Geodfrey Yaita, Oscar Joshua and Ghanaian goalkeeper Yaw Berko who is on loan from Liberty.
In midfield, they have influential Jerry Tegete ably assisted by Nurdin Bakari and Chacha Marwa while the striking department will be possibly led by Zambian international Davies Mwape and Ghanaian Kenneth Asamoah.
Veteran goalkeeper and Captain Juma Kaseja will lead the team with Nasoro Chollo, Patrick Mfisango, Haruna Moshi, Mussa Mgosi, Salum Machaku and Kelvin Yondani looking to play a vital role.
They will however have to make do without Kenyan midfielder Jerry Santo who is suspended for the final after getting a second yellow card in the semifinal.
Our Prediction: it will go down to penalties.