24 November 2012

Tanzania: Ndolanga, TFF in Another Row

EMBATTLED local sports administrator Muhidin Ndolanga has again faced the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Election Committee wrath, allegedly for disobedience.

This time, Ndolanga has been removed from his seat as the Chairman of the Football Referees Association of Tanzania (FRAT) Electoral Committee, for what is deemed to be the highest degree of insubordination.

TFF Election Committee, Chairman, Deogratius Lyatto said Ndolanga contravened the TFF regulations by staging FRAT General Assembly in Dodoma on November 17, which went ahead and re-elected Omar Abdulkadir as Chairman despite the directives by TFF to postpone the elections.

Last week, Lyatto committee ordered FRAT to suspend the election on grounds that they were not satisfied with its preparations. However, shortly before conducting the elections Ndolanga poured the blame on Lyatto's led committee, saying it demanded that the association to send the election funds to the Treasurer while knowing FRAT Executive Committee does not have that fund.

"I told him that the executive committee does not have that fund but a well wisher has offered to sponsor the election and that is why you are all here," Ndolanga, who is also the TFF honorary president told FRAT members.

Ndolanga added: "Lyatto insisted that if we do not have that money, then the elections must be suspended and I told him I see no need of doing so. In fact I told him that we had already distributed invitation letters and members are already in Dodoma and there was no way the election will be postponed."

But, Lyatto insisted yesterday that FRAT election conducted in Dodoma was null and void because its process did not follow the TFF directives, saying further that his (Lyatto) committee has ordered the FRAT Executive Committee to appoint Ndolanga's successor immediately.

Lyatto further said that his committee has ordered a trio of Omari Abdulkadir, Sudi Abdi and Khegula Ruvu Kiwanga to be brought before the TFF Legal, Ethics and Players' Status Committee for further actions against them because they were involved in the election process while knowing that they lacked the required qualifications.

Lyatto insisted that FRAT election process will continue as planned as they wait for a new election date to be announced. The latest punishment against Ndolanga comes hardly two weeks after the then Football Association of Tanzania (FAT) Chairman, who is also currently the TFF honorary president saw his Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA) led Election Committee being dismantled for 'incompetence'.

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