By Austin Oduor Otieno,
champions Yanga on Sunday 16th August just days before the Jangwani boys take on rivals and CECAFA newly crowned champions Azam in the curtain raiser of the Vodacom Premier League, The community Shield.
Fans across the southern Tanzanian city are psyched up for the friendly terming it as a highly billed match with an opportunity for Mbeya to break the jinx of not beating Yanga.
Despite the high gate charges of Tsh 40,000 approximately $22, the fans have vowed to come in large numbers.
Mbeya has not beaten Yanga in two previous league seasons losing 3-1 in Dar es Salaam and drawing 1-1 in the previous season .They also lost 1-0 in Dar and 3-1 at home in Mbeya in the 2013/14 season. Mbeya City football club have line up a friendly against defending Vodacom Premier league
Mbeya City plays their home matches at the Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya and are sponsored by the Mbeya City Council.
Meanwhile, Mobile service provider Vodacom Tanzania, the sponsor of the Tanzanian top tier football league have revealed that they will wire in Tsh 1.2 Billion approximately $670, 000, which will go directly to all the participating 16 clubs in the yet to begin 2015/16 season. They also signed a 3 yr. deal with the league in collaboration with the country’s governing body TFF.