21 November 2012

Tanzania: Cup of Nations Representative Appointed

THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) First Vice-President, Athumani Nyamlani, has been appointed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to help deliver a successful 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

Nyamlani is a member of the Appeals Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations and will therefore be in South Africa. The Committee has a total of 12 members. Other members in the committee include Prosper Abega from Cameroon and Pierre-Alain Monguengui from Gabon.

TFF Information Officer, Boniface Wambura said in a statement yesterday that the appointment was made by CAF President, Issa Hayatou and his Executive Committee in which at least 148 individuals were appointed in different committees as the continental football governing body seeks a successful event.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals will kick off on January 19 to February 10, with 16 nations including defending champions Zambia fighting for top honours. Recently, South Africa President Jacob Zuma said his government and the people of South Africa are fully prepared and ready to host a successful 2013 AFCON tournament.

The host team was drawn in Group A with Cape Verde, Morocco and Angola. These four teams will be based in Durban. Group B, which will be based in Port Elizabeth, comprises Ghana, DRC, Niger and Mali. The defending champions, Chipolopolo of Zambia are in group C with Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.

These teams will be based in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. The group of death, group D, comprises Ivory Coast, Togo, Algeria and Tunisia. AFCON Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane, gave an assurance to CAF, the 16 participating national teams, South Africans and the entire African continent that they would "not let them down".

"We've already been put to the test by FIFA when we held the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We wish to assure the African football (fraternity) that we use football as a tool to uproot our people from the circles of poverty, war and diseases to promote peace in Africa.

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