THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has frozen the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) sponsored accounts for the latter's failure to pay the tax deductions from salaries of national soccer team, Taifa Stars, foreign coaches.
TFF, therefore, has said the situation might create problem during the start of the second phase of the Mainland Premier League, which has been scheduled to start in January, next year.
TFF Acting Secretary General, Sunday Kayuni, said the TRA's move aims at putting pressure on the federation to pay the tax deductions from the salaries of the Taifa Stars coaches, from the time the team was under the tutelage of Brazilian, Marcio Maximo, who arrived in 2006. Kayuni said the deductions that TFF owes TRA amount to 157, 407.968.00/-.
He said although TFF had been informing TRA that the payment of the coaches' tax deductions was hardly to be performed by the federation, TRA stood its ground because TFF was the coaches' patron. He said TRA, thus, has decided to freeze the accounts including the Mainland Premier League's sponsored account which has over 300m/-.
Kayuni said TFF has failed to reach a consensus with TRA on the matter and therefore, the federation has decided to form a committee that will also involve stakeholders from the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports to talk to TRA.
"We feel that if we join forces with a section of soccer stakeholders, TRA might listen to our clarification, thus, the committee, which will be formed in cooperation with the ministry, will again attempt to talk to TRA," he said.
The Mainland Premier League Committee's Vice-Chairman, Saidi Mohamed, and the league's Director, Silas Mwakibinga, who had accompanied Kayuni in the press briefing, also echoed the need for TFF to join forces with other soccer stakeholders and convince TRA to overturn its decision.
Foreign coaches that have trained Taifa Stars include Brazilian, Maximo, who left in 2010 and was replaced by Danish, Jan Poulsen, who left in May, this year, and was replaced by his compatriot, Kim Poulsen.