By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports Writer, Cameroon
Tanzanian giants, Yanga SC, have rejected a move to brand their jerseys with a logo from the league sponsors, saying the colour belongs to their rivals Simba SC.
The rivalry between both clubs, Young African (Yanga SC) and Simba SC reached another level, Monday after the former declined to print their jersey for the new season with a logo of sponsors Vodacom.
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) had requested teams taking part in the Mainland league to use the logo on their shirts, but the logo is in the colour red, which is associated with Yanga rivals Simba.
“We cannot break our constitution and use colours of Simba SC in our shirts,” said Yanga SC chairman Fredrick Mwakalebela on Monday.
The rivalry between Yanga and Simba spans over a decade, and the two clubs never share anything.
The arch-rivals are always at each other’s necks even when they are not playing against each other. They always attend the “enemy’s” matches just to support the other team.
Yanga are currently preparing to face Zesco United of Zambia in the CAF Champions League while Simba have a league match against Mtibwa Sugar on Friday.
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