Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

28 November 2012

Tanzania: Tenga Acts On TFF Frozen Accounts

THE Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports and the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) have resolved to find a solution to the federation's frozen accounts.

TFF president, Leodegar Tenga, said the ministry together with the federation was set to meet with officials from the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) late yesterday or today to amicably solve the problem.

TRA has frozen the TFF sponsored accounts for the latter's failure to pay the tax deductions from salaries of national soccer team, Taifa Stars, foreign coaches.

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/-. "On Monday I met the ministry officials and we agreed to set a meeting with the TRA immediately," said Tenga. Tenga remained positive that the problem will be solved before the start of the second phase of the Mainland Premier League, which has been scheduled to start in January, next year.

On Friday, the TFF Technical Director, Sunday Kayuni said although the federation 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, decided to freeze the accounts including the Mainland Premier League's sponsored account which has over 300m/-, a situation which the TFF said might create problem during the start of the second phase of the league.

Meanwhile, Tenga said the electronic ticketing system which is set to start next year for both local and international matches will increase collections. He insisted that the new ticket sales format would highly minimize not only congestions but also clear doubt on the sales volume realized during premiership matches.

Tenga also admitted that there were still a number of shortcomings on the collections realized from gate revenues and its breakdown and distribution to the teams.

"We're working on these shortcomings, hopefully things will turn to the better sooner than latter," he said. CRDB Bank has also been confirmed as the financial institution involved in the deal that will see them install a system that will ease the ticketing process.

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