THE organisers of Mapinduzi Cup have labeled it a huge success basing on the level of performance displayed by nine teams that took part in the title race at Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar.
The annual football event which draws teams from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar has produced new champions Young Africans who beat traditional rivals Simba 4-3 on spot kicks.
But, speaking on Friday, chairman of the organising committee Khamis Abdallah noted that the entire setup of the tournament was the best as compared to the past ten years when he himself was among the chief players.
“The level of success was simply beyond what we anticipated in the view that the competition among teams was high, they attracted big attention from people and security was of a high standard throughout the contest,” he said.
However, pointing out some problems they have experienced, he said the period of conducting the tournament was short that is why only nine teams were invited.
“We also encountered financial problems bearing in mind that to organise such a big football competition, a lot of money is required to cater for various expenses,” he explained.
He also narrated that they have received complaints from various stakeholders about poor officiating from some referees who were tasked to administer the tournament.
“Let me take this chance to thank everyone who in one way or the other rendered a helping hand to facilitate the success of the tournament. Because of their support, we have succeeded,” he said.
On his part, former player Seif Baus suggested that it would have been better for the committee responsible to run Mapinduzi Cup to put in place some qualifications to be possessed by those teams which compete in the event.
“For now, I do not know what criteria they use to select the teams but, it could have been better to establish them in order to make the competition much better,” he said.
He added: “The reason for Zanzibar teams to exit early in this year’s Mapinduzi Cup tournament can be the fact that all teams which came from Tanzania mainland do trade in the Premier League but out of four teams from here (Chipukizi and Jamhuri), they play in the First Division League (FDL) as such, you cannot expect fair challenge.”