15 December 2012

Tanzania: Simba, Azam Participation in CAF Awaits Blessings

THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) will send its official next month to inspect the venues that will host Champions and Confederation Cup matches before issuing club licences that will allow Simba and Azam FC take part in the competitions.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura said that the official will be in the country from January 7 to 14 next year for the assignment. Wambura said the official will conduct a detailed inspection of the hosts training venues and the Stadiums which Simba and Azam will be using for the Champions and Confederation Cup respectively.

He outlined the main areas the official will inspect as club's physical address, training grounds and youth development programmes. He will also check whether clubs have full time secretariat, audited accounts and have employed qualified technical bench staffs.

"As you are aware there will be no club which will be allowed to compete in CAF competitions without a licence," he said. Following the move, Simba and Azam will be under pressure to ensure that they fulfil the CAF requirements to assure their chance of taking part in the next year's events.

Meanwhile, TFF sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected leadership of the Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA). The new leadership under the Chairmanship of Almasi Kasongo was voted in office on Wednesday at the election held at Mbezi Garden Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

Wambura promised the new leadership with the TFF continued support in a bid to bring about football development in the country.

Others who were elected and their posts in bracket are Meba Ramadhan (Vice-Chairman), Msanifu Kondo (Secretary General), Muhsin Said (TFF General Assembly member), Benny Kisaka (Clubs Representative), Ally Hobe (Treasurer) while committee members are Mohamed Shabani, Sunday Mwanahewa and Bakari Mapande.

In another development, Morogoro's Mtibwa Sugar beat Toto Africans of Mwanza 3-1 at the ongoing Under-20 Premier League, Uhai Cup tournament at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Toto Africans were the first to score through Pastor Makula in the 22nd minute but Juma Luzio grabbed a hat-trick for the victors. He scored an equaliser a minute before the interval, netting other two goals deep in the second half (81st and 88th minutes).

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