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Tanzanian police investigate attack on journalist by police officers

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police said on Friday they have launched investigations into claims that a sports journalist was attacked by police officers on Wednesday.

Following the reported attack, a video clip went viral on social media showing Wapo Radio journalist Sillas Mbise being attacked by police at the National Stadium in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The clip showed police beating the journalist during a friendly match between Simba Sports Club of Tanzania and Asante Kotoko from Ghana.

Police said in a statement that they have opened a file basing on the video footage that has gone viral on social media showing how the journalist was beaten.

“The victim is urged to report the incident at a police station to facilitate the investigations,” said the statement.

The statement said police were responsible to protect people and their property and not beating even offenders who were not cooperating with police officers.

Meanwhile, the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and Tanzania Sports Writers Association (TASWA) on Friday condemned the attack on the journalist by police officers.

In a joint statement, MCT and TASWA said the attack was “inhuman” given that the victim was doing his job.


Uganda’s KCCA FC beat Tanzania’s Azam FC 4-2 in international friendly

KAMPALA (Xinhua) -- Uganda Premier League side KCCA FC defeated Tanzania’s Azam FC 4-2 in an international soccer friendly match here on Friday.

The visiting side who are also the regional Club Champions took the lead after five minutes when skipper Aggrey Morris converted a penalty.

KCCA FC defender Timothy Awany had brought down Danny Lyanga in the box before the referee Mashood Ssali awarded a penalty. Agrey Moris sent KCCA FC’s goalkeeper Tom Ikara the wrong way to make it 1-0.

After three minutes, Azam FC were 2-0 up with Danny Lyanga finishing off a well taken cross by defender Bruce Kangwa.

But KCCA FC who are playing in the group stage of the lucrative Confederation of African Football Champions League reorganized themselves to score two goals through Muzamil Mutyaba and skipper Awany to make it 2-2 at half time.

In the second half KCCA FC’s coach, Mike Hillary Mutebi made changes as the team went forward to look for more goals.

Azam FC tried to press to get a third goal, but the KCCA FC defenders stood firm. After 49 minutes it was KCCA FC’s new signing Allan Kyambadde who nodded in past Azam FC’s goalkeeper Ally Mwadini to make it 3-2.

Deep in the second half substitute Patrick Kaddu netted the fourth goal for KCCA FC after a defensive mix-up in the Azam FC defense.

“This was a very good build up for us as we prepare for a group game against Botswana’s Township Rollers FC next Saturday,” KCCA FC coach Mutebi said after the game.

Azam FC’s Danish born coach Hans van-der Pluijm said he was delighted playing a team like KCCA FC who play a good passing game.

“This has been a good test and it gives us a good wake-up call as we prepare for the new 2018/19 season,” Pluijm.

The Tanzanian side has camped in Uganda for the past one week on a pre-season training. In their first international friendly against another Ugandan side URA FC they drew 0-0. 



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