Zanzibar Heroes receive awards from Shein

25Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Zanzibar Heroes receive awards from Shein

Zanzibar President, Ally Mohamed Shein, presented a plot and 3m/- to each of Zanzibar Heroes’ players and the team’s officials yesterday following the latter’s successful spell in this year’s CECAFA Challenge Cup which took place in Kenya.

Zanzibar Heroes

Zanzibar Heroes finished as runners-up in the tournament, with hosts, Harambee Stars, winning the silverware.

The players and officials received the awards at a function that took place at the Revolutionary Council’s hall at Kikwajuni in the Isles.

Zanzibar Stars, a renowned Taarab group, coloured the function.

Several officials from the Zanzibar government, political parties and the Isles’ socer governing body turned up for the function, which preceded a lunch that Shein hosted for the team at the State House’s ground two days back.

Shein had promised to present the awards to the team during the lunch, which served as the former’s opportunity to congratulate the latter.

Shein handed the 33 members of the team the cash prize and disclosed the latter will receive their plots after the completion of title deeds and other important documents from the Isles’ Ministry of Land, Water, Energy and Environment.

He advised the players and officials they should take care of the plots, noting he will not be happy with any of the latter’s decision to sell the plots.

The Zanzibar President noted the Zanzibar Heroes’ players and officials are lucky to have received the plots, given there are veteran players that have not received the award, much as the latter had made the Isles proud in the sport in the past.

He said Zanzibar Heroes had been perceived as minnows in the regional tournament, as a section of soccer enthusasts believed it was a weak outfit.

He disclosed Harambee Stars would no longer want to play Zanzibar Heroes in the tournament’s final, as the former have already seen the latter’s prowess.

He called on the Isles’ Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture to step up efforts to develop the sport and shy away from conflicts.

He said the Isles government will; invest in Zanzibar Heroes with a view to making the latter stronger, pointing out more players will be added to the team to give the outfit’s coach more option to select players.


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