A CLOSE ANALYSIS OF WHY TANZANIA FOOTBALL STILL BEATS KENYA

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Tanzanian’s are more passionate about football than Kenyans.  On my third visit to Tanzania the one key thing I have noticed is that everywhere you go;from the border point to the very interior parts of Tanzania, everyone is passionately talking about the most popular game in the world, from the customs officers to the local transport industry.

The most intriguing part is that they only discuss their local top league. In Tanzania you either a fan of So FC or Yanga the biggest football rivals in Africa.

Sportpesa arguably the biggest betting firm in Africa has organized the third edition of Sportpesa Super Cup bringing Kenya and Tanzania in a one week knock out tournament.

Gor Mahia are the defending champions with the winners expected to play against English Premier League team Everton.

I had the privilege of watching the local league and noticed that the atmosphere is the same as the top league. Tanzanian and most of the people are known to love a good display of the game not looking at the results.

I have also noticed that the Tanzanians love the Brazilian kind of play. Currently Tanzania and Uganda national teams are struggling in the continental level. Kenya’s harambe stars qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time and Tanzania are hoping for a miracle in their last match against Uganda.

Despite the two countries struggling in the national level Tanzania is reaping from the fan base which is a good source of revenue.

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