Saturday, June 9, 2012


                                                             Coastal Union Sports Club

Tanga City is the home of Coastal Union Sports Club. Coastal Union has been founded in 1948 after a group of school boys
from different schools along the coastal area especially Tanga Municipality by then, who came from various street
soccer clubs, united and formed one soccer club and named it Coastal Union. Through member’s contribution the club
rented ...a house at street no 11 Ngamiani ward in the then Tanga Municipality and it became the club house. The club was
legally registered in the same year and was officially named Coastal Union Sports Club with its official logo bearing a shield
and fox. As the club progressed it attracted many fans all over Tanga and the first achievement the club got was buying its
own club house situated at the same street no. 11 where it remains the official club house to-date.

Honours: Lifted the NARGIS CUP in 1950 after beating Arab Boys in the final, another Tanga soccer club. Arab
Boys later united with Coastal Union Football Club.

In Tanga there are several soccer clubs but rival to Coastal Union is African Sports Club once a very powerful club but now trades its .
soccer in the lower division. Apart from African Sports, Coastal Union has been challenging major clubs in the country such
as Simba Sports Club, Dar Es Salaam Young Africans Sports Club and Cosmopolitan Football Club.

Coastal Union Sports Club was among one of the top clubs in Tanzania to participate in the first major league in the country in 1961 after the country’s independence. Other top clubs that took part in this first major league are:
1. Dar Es Salam Young Africa (Yanga) of Dar es salaam
2. Sunderland (now Simba Sports Club) of Dar es salaam
3. Cosmopolitan Football Club of Dar es salaam
4. African Sports Football Club of Tanga.

In 1982 Coastal Union Sports Club were runner’s up in the Tanzania Major League but we could not participate in the then Africa Cup Winners Cup due to financial problems on the part of the Football Association of Tanzania.

In 1988 Coastal Union Sports Club was crowned Tanzania Champions and hence got a ticket to participate in two major championships,
1. East and Central Club Championship in Kenya.
Results: We beat Nchanga Rangers of Zambia in the quarter final and went on to beat the Kenya champions, Abaluhya FC in the semifinal 6-5 on penalties but we got beaten by Kenya Breweries in the final.
2. African Club Championship.
Results: We were eliminated in the first round by Costa de Sol of Mozambique.

In 2002 Coastal Union was relegated from the Super League to the lower league. After spending almost 5 seasons in the lower league, Coastal Union Sports Club was promoted to the now Premier League in 2007/08 season. Again it was relegated in the same season. During the 2010/2011 season Coastal Union Sports Club gained promotion again to the premier league where it got a ticket to participate in the 2011/2012 season and managed to finish in fifth position.

The year 1961 saw Coastal Union loosing most of its prominent players to the newly formed soccer team from sugar planting company known Tanzania Planting Company (TPC) of Moshi, Northern Tanzania. This team had a mixture of players from all over East African Region and again US players were the backbone of TPC club and these were:-
1. Mbwana Abushiri (a.k.a Director)
2. Marshed Seif
3. Shariff Salim
4. John Lyimo
5. Khatibu Mtoto
6. Suwed Abdallah
7. Hemed Seif
8. Sembwana Behewa

Despite of losing its top players all being 1st eleven players, Coastal Union was never shaken by this because it still had a cream of players in the likes of:-
1. Habibu Rhemtulah
2. Mohamed Shossi (a.k.a Springet)
3. Mohamed Muslii
4. Awadhi Bafadhil
5. Hassan Mzaramo
who went on to bring more honors to the club by successfully participating in other national competitions and winning the following trophies:-

1. HEALTHO CUP (1957)
2. MWAFRIKA CUP (1958)
3. OFUMA CUP (1976)

We were finalist in the
1 1971 BIMA CUP (a competition organized by The National Insurance Corporation), losing 1-0 to Simba Sports Club.
2 1987 Finalist AICC Cup Arusha (an international competition organized by Arusha International Conference Centre). We lost to Nchanga Rangers of Zambia.

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