Rage made his request on Friday when he was handing over office to the newly elected president at the club’s headquarters along Msimbazi Street in Dar es Salaam.
Just few days after being elected, Aveva announced the Executive Committee’s decision to suspend membership of 69 members who filed a court case to seek an injunction against the club’s election.
Aveva said that their fate would be decided at the club’s annual general meeting scheduled for August 3, this year.
However, the High Court refused to suspend club general election after rejecting an application for injunction filed by three members.
Judge Augustine Mwarija ruled that the application by Joseph Waryoba, Said Monera and Hassan Hassan, was prematurely filed as there was no pending suit for which it could have been granted.
The election was held as planned on June 29 to bring into power Aveva and his new team. Rage said that he had a chance to listen to almost all candidates including Aveva, who highlighted key priorities during campaign and almost all of them spoke about one common thing, to bring unity within the club.
Based on that fact, he (Rage) urged Aveva to start a new chapter in his leadership by forgiving those who filed the case.
He said that move will be the right direction towards achieving true unity at the club. “Throughout the campaigns, I heard candidates speaking about the same thing, which is bring about unity at the club, it is a good thing for the development of any club.
I ask you President to forgive those 65 members,” he noted. However, Rage insisted that Aveva’s decisions to suspend the members were right for the development of the club, saying further that it was the right way to deal with such members.
Rage bragged that he left the club in a good condition. He noted that now Simba has a deal with Tanzania Postal Bank (TPB) which will help club to earn a lot of money through its strong fan base countrywide and even outside the country.
Through the deal, fans are contributing 1,000/- every month to the development of club. “This is simply diamond deal, if we manage to have 50,000 members, that means we will have 50m/- per month which will help us to run the club without any problem,” he said.
Currently Simba has less than 10,000 members but it is estimated that the club has a fan base of close to 20 million fans.
Rage said; “Football is money if you need good players you also need money to buy them, we really have to think of ways to generate funds for this club.”
Responding to Rage’s request, Aveva said that he will take that matter seriously and he will convene a meeting with the Executive Committee to discuss over the matter. “I take it as good advice and I will sit with executive committee members to discuss over the matter,” he said.
Some documents which were handed over to Aveva on Friday included Simba pitch construction contract, Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) sponsorship contract, Tanzania Postal Bank membership cards contract, Push Mobile contract, Simba Television contract with Azam FC and S i m b a website contract.