|Members of the Yanga Football Club|
Why are you not training upcoming youths interested in soccer? Lack of money. Why are you not seeking professional advice? Lack of money. Why don’t you have your own playground? Lack of money. Why can’t you participate in the national challenge cup? Lack of money.
Lack of money seemed to be the biggest problem in the soccer sector. Team managers propagated this message with zeal until everyone thought along similar lines.But is lack of money the biggest challenge in Tanzanian soccer?
Take Yanga football club for example. The ‘lack of money’ chorus was its perpetual excuse when asked to explain its poor performance. This was the case until Yusuf Manji of Quality Group Ltd came to its rescue. Manji has gone to great lengths –even using his personal money to modernize the team and meet its needs. It is Manji’s desire to see the team become competitive not only in
However, with Manji’s money, how is the team performing? It is sinking deeper into incompetence. It hasn’t even laid sustainability strategies to see it through should Manji decide to pull out. Instead of establishing a pool of young talent from which to draw from across the country, the team is using millions of
Tanzanians love soccer. They would love to see the game established. They would like to see leagues that will culminate into the national challenge cup. They would like to see the soccer potential of youths harnessed. Sponsors are willing to step in. Incentives are available- but with all this goodwill, where is
We have stopped thinking and put our focus on money- thinking that big money is the solution to our soccer problems. Look at how the Yanga football club under Imani Madege and Tanzania Football Federation under Leodeger Tenga are fairing. It clearly shows that money without startegic thinking will not take us anywhere.
Another club, the Simba team, is looking forward to the day when a sponsor (such as Manji) shall also give them money. The question is, what strategies do they have on board to be competitive? Do they also think money will automatically transform them into a high performing team? Can’t they learn from the Yanga experience?
Money is not enough. How many Tanzanian teams are crippled in spite of having money? Money minus proper planning and strategic thinking will not make us any better. Let us concentrate on strategic thinking before craving for money.