Tanzanian giants Simba SC have launched limited edition jerseys the club will use ahead of their African Football League (AFL) opener against Egyptian side Al Ahly in Dar es Salaam on October 20.
The club has launched the limited red home jerseys as well as white away jerseys, which they will only use in the competition and will be available for fans to purchase.
The jerseys will be available to fans at a retail price of Tsh45,000 (Approx 18 USD) while they will be available at a wholesale price of Tsh35,000 (Approx USD 14) for purchases above 36 pieces.
“These are limited jerseys and therefore it means they are only a few which have been produced and will be available for this competition only. After this ceremony, they will be available for purchase and we want to ask all our fans to go out and purchase them,” Simba’s Board Chairman Salim ‘Try Again’ Abdallah.
He added; “We want to ask our fans to paint this town red from today. We want as visitors come in, straight from the airport to the streets, they see that Tanzania is a Simba country.”
Abdallah has described it as a huge privilege and honor for Simba to be playing in the AFL, and says the team is determined to show that they merit to be one of the top eight teams in Africa.
“We are not here by fluke. We are here by merit and we will show Africa and the world that Simba is a big club,” further noted Abdallah.
The Tanzanian giants have already began hyping up the game in Dar es Salaam and by Thursday, slightly over a week before the game, the Platinum Tickets, valued at Tsh200,000 (Approx USD 80) were already sold out.
The team is expected to have a series of fan engagement activities all through the week leading to the match in a bid to fill the 60,000 seater Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
“We want to ask our fans to come out during all our activities. Match tickets will be available everywhere we go, and these limited edition jerseys as well,” said Ahme Ally, the club’s Media and Communications manager.
Meanwhile, the Simba leadership has heaped praise on the government for undertaking necessary renovations at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium to ensure it is ready to host the first game of the AFL.