May 27, 2024


Medeama Sporting Club were refused access to the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium for their mandatory training session ahead of Wednesday’s CAF Champions League Group D match in Tanzania against Young Africans.

Medeama who arrived in Dar es Salam, on Sunday could bot use the facility because they were told it would be unavailable.

Per existing CAF regulations, visiting teams must train at the match venue a day before the game.

Medeama have endured a hostile reception on Tanzania

However, this was not possible in Medeama’s case but due to a congested schedule at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.

The facility was scheduled to host two matches on Tuesday; Simba SC versus Wydad AC in the afternoon, and later in the evening, Al Hilal SC versus Etoile du Sahel.

Medeama were therefore asked to use the Gymkhana Posta in Dar es Salam to train instead.

However, that could also not happen as they were prevented by the owners of the venue.

Speaking at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference, Medeama coach Evans Adotey described it as a frustrating experience.

Medeama coach Evans Adotei

“We were ready to move on to the pitch, then a local team came that the pitch belonged to them. No room for us to train.”

“We were held hostage until after 45 minutes, we were told to go and come back at 10 pm.”

“It looked frustrating, I was intimidated. But all the same, we’ve got this off.”

“I’m waiting for an opportunity to train somewhere. I’ll get my boys back on track tomorrow to maybe do our best.” 



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