TPL Wrap: Simba battle Yanga to sign Zanzibar Star Banka

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Mohamed Issa - Mtibwa
Goal takes a look at the biggest news and transfer stories from the Tanzania Premier League, Taifa Stars and Tanzanians abroad

Simba are reportedly battling Young Africans for the signature of Mtibwa's Mohamed Issa 'Banka'.

Simba and Yanga are both said to have scouted the Zanzibar player who is more likely to join Yanga.

The central midfielder has continued his superb form into the early season with Yanga sending scouts to watch him in Mtibwa's matches in October, according to reports.

Simba want Adam Miraji to replace Shomari Kapombe

Simba vs Mtibwa

Simba coach Joseph Omog has targeted African Lyon right back Miraji Adam to partner with Ally Shomari as a potential replacement for Shomari Kapombe, according to a report.

Miraji told Goal that, Simba need him to partner with Ally Shomari after learning that the sidelined Shomari Kapombe will take long time than expected to get back in Msimbazi side club.

"It is true, in the second half of the league I may join Simba if things will be as planned based on what we agreed, but for now I am still African Lyon player."

African Lyon are bracing themselves for the departure of Miraji Adam, as he has yet to commit to a new contract and is therefore able to speak to other clubs from January.

Preview: Benin vs Tanzania

Salum Mayanga - Taifa Stars

Taifa Stars head coach Salum Mayanga believes a victory against Benin will lift the country’s chance of climbing in the FIFA rankings.

In the current Fifa ranking Benin is placed 79th, while Tanzania lies at position 139. This is a revenge encounter for Benin which lost 4-1 in a friendly held at the Tanzania National Stadium on October 14, 2014. The weekend encounter is scheduled to be held at the Stade de l’Amitiein Cotonou.

Mayanga said Stars were going to face tough opposition from Benin due to the fact that most of the team’s players were featuring in various major leagues such as France, Austria, Cyprus and Turkey.

“It is a good test for Taifa Stars, which is playing for the first time in Benin. We normally play our international friendly matches against Southern and East African opposition, but we managed to secure the game against Benin, which is among strong teams on the African continent,” said Mayanga.

The tactician reavealed that players were currently in top morale and were ready to showcase their skills in the encounter. The team, including officials who took with them rice to prepare for the contigent while in Benin, left the country on Thursday.

“My selection of Taifa Stars players was based on theor performance in various league matches in the Tanzania Mainland premier league.

“The match against Benin will not be easy as we are playing a team that comprises experienced players who want a victory due to their previous 4-1 loss at our backyard,” said Mayanga.

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Mayanga said he was aware of the importance of the encounter even though team captain Mbwana Samatta was out of the squad due to injury. Other players who are not in the squad are Ramadhan Kabwili, Dickson Job, Mohamed Issa and Yohana Mkomola.

“We will train here (Cotonou) for two days before we face Benin. The match is scheduled to start at 6pm Tanzanian time and we hope to record the best result possible,” he said. He said players such as Erasto Nyoni and Mzamilu Yasin were excluded from the squad after being shown a red card in the previous international friendly against Malawi at the Uhuru Stadium.

“I have replaced Nyoni and Yasin with Jonas Mkude from Simba Sports Club and Mudathiri Yahya from Singida United, as the two players have shown great progress in previous league matches and I believe they will fill the gap,” he said.