Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

3 December 2012

Tanzania: Sports Need Competent Leaders - Basketball Official

FAILURE to interpret and observe constitutional roles among top leaders is one of the main sources of internal wrangling, which is dramatically affecting the country's sports associations, it has been revealed.

Secretary General of the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Alexander Msoffe said in an interview with the 'Daily News' that most of the sports bodies top brass failed to interpret their constitutional roles correctly, leading to interference with each other's duties.

"To my understanding all the implementation activities of any organizations regardless of the sports like ours of Basketball traditionally are to be taken care by the regulations that governing each particular sport," he said.

He said sports cannot develop in the hands of incompetent leadership, and expressed concerns that a few individuals in positions of power had a tendency of abusing their authority and needlessly work as a part of the secretariat, which causes confusions.

He said, for instance, presidents or chairmen of sports federations or clubs were implementing duties that should be carried out by their secretary generals, saying the acts only underlined incompetence on the part of the leadership.

"I have never seen anywhere in many regulations that mentioned ministers or president but the secretary generals, as executive leaders. "That's why most of high performing countries, especially in sports, they stress to have a secretary general who are very analytical, competitive and with high entrepreneurial competence who can fit with the surrounding business environment, and not people who are after political posts," he said.

Towards the Tanzania Olympic Committee election, Msoffe commented that it was high time voters voted in candidates who can fit with current competitive environment. "So our brothers and sisters who wish to be elected in TOC they have to prove and show how they will work hard to make our country shine in Olympic, All African and Commonwealths Games.

"We don't expect them to start complaining about the government after some time, we know our government has a number of priorities like education, health and infrastructures," he said.

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