Maputo — TAIFA Stars, which is expected to clash with Mozambique 'Mambas' in the return leg of the second round of the 2013 African Nations Cup (AFCON) Qualifiers in Maputo on Sunday, arrived in the Mozambique capital on Friday in the morning ready to face the hosts in the decisive encounter.
Tanzania's Ambassador to Mozambique, Nyandugu, was on hand to welcome Stars at the Maputo International Airport as the squad jetted in at 11a.m local time. Stars' squad, comprising 20 players under head coach, Kim Poulsen, has been accommodated in Hotel 2010 LDA, located close to the Zimpeto Stadium, which will host the match on Sunday from 3p.m local time, approximately 4p.m East African time.
According to a programme set by Kim, Stars sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager will train today and tomorrow at the exact match day's time, with referees from Madagascar scheduled to officiate in the match. There was no any case of injury among the players by the time the team arrived in Maputo, which means all players will be ready to feature in tomorrow's game.
Meanwhile, the process of electing officials to fill in positions in the executive committee of Mainland Premier League giants, Yanga, is progressing smoothly under the supervision of the club's elections committee, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has revealed.
The TFF Elections Committee has received copies of forms for contesting for the leadership positions in Yanga from the club's elections committee, as well as copies of academic qualifications of the contestants, with all documents serving as the initial report on the election process.
The TFF Elections Committee has discovered that some of the contestants have submitted secondary schools' leaving certificates instead of the certificates of secondary education, which confirms the particular contestants to have studied and completed the mentioned education.
The federation's committee has already directed the Yanga elections committee to demand that all contestants should abide by section 10(4) and (5) of the elections regulations of the TFF members, which requires all contestants to fill form number 1 of the application for contesting for leadership, apart from attaching a copy of the Certificate of Secondary Education as stipulated in section 9 of the form number 1.
TFF Elections Committee has directed its Yanga counterpart to advise contestants, who have lost their certificates of secondary education, to contact the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) in writing so that they can secure statements of examination results, which will be forwarded to the Yanga elections committee through TFF to confirm that the contestants completed secondary education.
The committee revealed that the verification of the contestants' certificates of secondary education is done by the NECTA and the concerned colleges, on the part of the higher education level, in elections conducted by TFF members. All TFF members are, therefore, required to carefully abide by the requirements of the elections regulations, insisted the TFF Elections Committee.