Inside Young Africans: Part 2


In swift and delicate conversations with the locals, especially those with a strong inclination to history and understanding of the past struggles in Africa, attest that Tanzanian outfit Yanga have had a profound impact to many countries.

Rumour is that leading political figures in Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique, frequented Tanzania to have political discussions and the influence of Yanga was taken by these leaders to their respective countries. That resounding influence led to some teams in those countries adopting the Yellow and Green colours of Yanga.

Perhaps, the main padkos and influence these leaders gathered was an insightful and transformational leadership characteristic to Yanga and its forefathers. Yanga’s leadership is committed to change, transformation and inclusivity required in the building of modern day high performance organizations.

This leadership style is clearly illuminated when those leading from the front, acknowledges the importance of attracting only the best administrators in the game, to lead the renaissance of Yanga to fruition.

Enter, Senzo Mbatha a top talented football administrator with tons and tons of experience at all levels of the game.

Mbatha’s resumé include successful management spells at the now defunct Platinum Stars, Bay United FC and Orlando Pirates. In Mbatha, the club has a winning manager who understands sports administration, player recruitment protocols and the modern landscape of African football at a canter.

Having overseen a titanic task of promoting Bay United into the PSL, and assisted Cavin Johnson to lay a foundation as a Premier League as a coach in Mzansi, Mbatha has all the wealth of knowledge to fast track the rejuvenation process at Yanga.

In anticipation of their own football and development transformation, Yanga has since established a second corporate office within the city. This commercial and transformation hub, is located at the successful GSM office and boasts state of the art infrastructure befitting the Yanga project.

Yanga currently lead the log standings in the Tanzanian league from their perennial challengers, Simba SC who still have a handful of games to play in their catch-up programme due to their participation in the continental tournament (CAF Champions League), the Yellow and Green soldiers cannot wait to reclaim their position at the pinnacle of their country’s football, especially with the array of great minds at their disposal.

By FARPost

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