Simba SC fined again, stewards face extended ban for practicing 'juju'

An unknown object is burning at the feet of Simba FC players during a past match. Image source: @thandi_399 on Twitter.

FOOTBALL Simba SC fined again, stewards face extended ban for practicing 'juju'

Festus Chuma 19:39 - 25.03.2024

Simba SC stewards were banned and publicly named for engaging in prohibited rituals before a Tanzania Premier League match.

Tanzania Premier League side Simba SC has faced stern sanctions from the Tanzania Premier League Board after being found guilty of engaging in "hazardous rituals," commonly referred to as Juju, prior to a match. 

This incident, which was recorded and subsequently went viral, showing Simba SC's stewards performing these acts at the Azam Complex in their league match against Mashujaa FC on March 15, 2024, has led to a hefty fine and bans for those involved.

The club has been fined TZS 1,000,000 (equivalent to Ksh 52,000) for the misconduct of its fans and stadium stewards who conspired to and successfully entered the pitch for the purpose of these rituals. 

"These fans were observed in a brief video that circulated online discussing with a stadium steward before entering the stadium to commit this act, which projected a negative image of our league," a statement from the Tanzania Premier League Board explained.

Further disciplinary actions have been taken against the individual stewards involved in the incident. 

Stadium stewards of Simba Sports Club, namely Kessy Mohamed, Mrisho Mindu, and Mohamed Salmin, along with a fan identified as Mohamed Saleh, have been banned from entering stadiums for a period of 12 months for their participation in the event. 

The Board is continuing its investigation to identify other participants of this incident who were not immediately recognized, with the intent of subjecting them to strict regulatory actions. 

This penalty is in accordance with Premier League Rule 47:2 concerning Club Control.

 "Simba Sports Club is responsible for ensuring that the fans and leaders punished comply and fully implement their penalties to avoid further issues," the club was reminded.

The imposition of these sanctions comes at a crucial time for Simba SC, as they are set to host Al Ahly of Egypt in the quarter-final of this season’s African Champions League on Friday. 

The first leg will take place in Tanzania, followed by the return leg in Cairo just eight days later. Should Simba overcome Al Ahly, they will face the winner between Petro Atletico and TP Mazembe in the subsequent fixture.

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