Real Madrid players celebrate a goal in 2006.
I’m not saying that I’m not proud to be a Ugandan but at this level, we just have to admit that Tanzania has a special blessing from God, which Uganda is yet to get even after massive prayers from top pastors like Benny Hinn.
In a period of one year, Tanzania has hosted over ten of the world’s most respected figures including the former UN Secretary Koffi Anan, prominent singers, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Akon, Loon to mention but a few.
Also remember that Tanzania was the only East African country where the authentic World Cup was displayed for public viewing during an historical world tour of the chalice.
And now, Rafshizzle can categorically reveal to you that Spanish giants and 2007 La Liga winners Real Madrid FC will tour Tanzania next month (July) on President Jakaya Kikwete’s invitation. President Kikwete announced the news himself.
This follows a successful tour of Brazil by Tanzania’s national team the Taifa Stars and the Real Madrid visit will be another plus for the country’s efforts to rebuild soccer. Like Uganda, Tanzania awaits a mathematical favour to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations---but for them, they at least have morale boasting from all corners of the country.
And according to The Citizen newspaper, Tanzania’s Minister of Information, Culture and Sports, Muhammed Seif Khatib said Real Madrid have confirmed their visit in a letter to the Tanzanian ambassador in France.
President Kikwete is keen on rebuilding the country’s soccer, which has been in decline for over two decades.
“It is time we rebuilt our soccer. Tanzania must compete with the best nations in Africa and this government is committed to achieving this goal,” President Kikwete was quoted months after he took over from Benjamin Mkapa.
Kikwete uses his money to pay the 42-year old Brazillian Marcio Maximo who caches Tanzania.
Government also paid for the national team’s visit to Brazil last February after Maximo requested so.
Already, the government has pledged millions of dollars to accord Real Madrid, nine-time European soccer champions, top of the range treatment.
Casillas, Cannavaro, Robinho, Raul, Reyes, Diarra, van Nistelrooy and the likes in Tanzania?
So, is it simply a lucky Tanzania or a good leader…I’m sorry for the question!