In The Spotlight
THE Director General with the Rural Energy Agency (REA), Dr Lutengano Mwakahesya, has called for joint efforts from development partners, private sectors and financial institutions to accelerate intervention in electrifying rural areas and ultimately transforming the livelihoods of people in Tanzania.
THE Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) has pledged to work on challenges facing liquor industry in the country with a view of making them more vibrant for the benefit of the nation’s economy.
DAR ES SALAAM Stock Exchange market value surged by 30.92bn/- to 20.78tri/- after listing of the Mwalimu Commercial Bank last Friday. The bank which is supported by Tanzania Teachers’ Union listed at the Dar bourse after a successful Initial Public Offer (IPO) which was oversubscribed by 24 per cent.
PRIME Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa is highly respected in the political as well as civil service circles. After his name was announced in the Parliament, many politicians, civil servants and ordinary citizens have described him as the right person to head the government business.
In the African context, children with acute form of disability including autism are often marginalized, and sometimes ostracized by the society. What this means that opportunities and tools of empowerment due to them are either denied or partially given to them.
MAINLAND soccer team, Kilimanjaro Stars ended the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup’s group stage unbeaten following their 1-1 draw with hosts Ethiopia in Awasa. The goal fired home by Simon Msuva in 52nd minute, almost shattered the hosts’ dream of reaching the event’s quarters.
It was only miracles that saved Ethiopians in yesterday match when the team equalised in the injury time through John Bocco’s own goal. The Kili Star player fired home the ball in his own net in an attempt to clear a cross from the right flank. After the draw, Kili Stars finished top with seven points, 7 goals for and 2 against, followed by Rwanda with 6 points, 5 goals for and 2 against.
“The boys played well in all 90 minutes only a slip in the dying minutes changed the results. We are now concentrating on the tougher, knock out stage, which starts here next week,” said Coach Abdallah Kibadeni.
The hosts, who have also qualified as group A best losers, finished third with 4 points, 3 goals for and 2 goals against. Kili Stars fast soccer impressed fans in both Addis Ababa and Awasa cities. “
I have never seen Stars playing so brilliantly like this year. It is not longer a team that concedes stupid goals, rather a team that plays tactical football,” said John Isuja, a Tanzanian working in Ethiopia. It was joy and celebration to a few Tanzanian supporters in Awasa, but almost tears and grimace to thousands of the home crowd. Ethiopians did not believe their eyes when the tie ended 1-1 at the end.
Kilimanjaro Started their campaign strongly with a hefty 4-0 blits over Somalia in the one-sided opener. However, the team did a commendable job in their second encounter when they beat Rwanda’s Amavubi 2-1 in a closely fought match. The win over Amavubi assured the team a place in the last eight with 6 points.
Earlier in the beginning it looked as if Stars could reduce its speed after qualification assurance, but the team’s head coach, Kibadeni urged his boys to punish the hosts as they punished other two teams.
As the group A winner, Kilimanjaro Stars is likely to meet the best loser of Group C, who will be known after end of the group stage today. Kili Stars brothers, Zanzibar Heroes have been knocked out of the tournament after finishing fourth in their group. Heroes ended their campaign with an impressive 3-1 victory over defending champions Kenya, the match that stunned soccer fans across the regions.
Other teams that have qualified for the last eight stage include Burundi despite losing 1-0 to Uganda in their final group B match. Uganda and the defending champions, Kenya are also through to quarters while in Group C are sure to advance after notching 6 points from two matches.
Until the end of groups A and B matches yesterday, it was very difficult to predict the winner as all big guns in the region were still best-positioned for the title grab.
IT CAME to light at the weekend that the municipality of Bukoba has collected a total of 8m/- in ruthless fines imposed on people found littering or polluting the environment, a sorry spectacle that apart from creating an eyesore, invites diseases such as cholera.
THE era of true football may have dawned. For a long time the nation has struggled to locally improve the world’s number one sport– football or soccerwithout notable progress.