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7 Elite Academy players sign with professional club

By James Shaw, 12/03/20, 1:30AM MST


Four players from 7 Elite Academy in Tanzania have been given the opportunity to train and play with one of the biggest clubs in the Tanzanian Premier League.

The youngsters, who play for 7 Elite Academy in Dar es Salaam, have signed deals to work with the Kagera Sugar youth teams during the winter season.

Hamza Abdul Salim, Said Anili, Meck Beda Juma and Shafii Omari Lumambo have all been given glowing reviews from coaches at Kegera Sugar.

The quartet made the move after spells with 7 Elite Academy’s Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 teams, where they worked with professional coaches from across the world. 

Reggie Wilson, President of 7 Elite Academy Tanzania, said: “It is wonderful to see four of our players train and play with one of the biggest clubs in Tanzania.

“They have achieved this by working hard with our coaches here at 7 Elite Academy and benefitting from the world-class curriculum we have put in place.

“This is a great opportunity for them to take the next step on the ladder towards a career in soccer and we are delighted that 7 Elite Academy has helped them on that journey.

“Of course, this will also mean a great to their families and communities, who are humble but very proud of them. This opportunity promises so much for all of them.”

The four home-grown youngsters will play for Kagera Sugar's Under-21 side, which is regarded as a hotbed of talent in Tanzania.

Anthony Godfrey, 7 Elite Academy Director, said: “This a great chance for these four players, who have displayed the hard work and talent needed to train at a professional club.

“The team of staff at 7 Elite Academy in Tanzania have put in place a coaching programme that maximizes the potential of every player that trains with us.

“Amri Kiemba and Thomas Morris, who lead our coaches in Dar es Salaam, are two of the biggest names in Tanzanian football. They are helping to give our players a great start in the game.

“I am so happy for all four players.”

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