25 December 2012

Tanzania: Taifa Stars Receive 13 Million/- Bonus

THE national soccer team, Taifa Stars, have received 13.8m/- as bonus from gate collections raised during the international friendly match against Zambia.

This was revealed by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), who announced that the game, which was staged at the 60,000-seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday fetched 109m/-.

Wambura said the amount was raised from 17,383 fans that paid to watch the game in which Taifa Stars won 1-0.

Giving further breakdown of the collections, Wambura said TRA received 16.6m/-, while the federation paid 5.8m/- for ticketing, 2.3m/- (technical support), 2m/- (electricity) and 400,000/- (pitch marking). Other costs included; match fees 2.5m/-, stadium fee (1.2m/-), the Confederation of African Football (CAF) share 626,005/-. TFF got 8.1m/-.

A total of 414.9m/- has been raised during Taifa Stars' home matches this year. The amount includes 32.2m/- which was raised when Stars played Congo DRC in February, 64.7m/- when the team played Mozambique in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on February 29.

Another 40m/- was collected when Taifa Stars played Malawi in May, 124m/- was raised during June's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Gambia and 45m/- was collected during last month's international friendly encounter with Kenya. The Taifa Stars pulled off what may go down as a famous result against the reigning African champions thanks to wing wizard Mrisho Ngassa, who scored the game's only goal on the stroke of halftime with a spectacular drive.

Ngassa banged in after outpacing defenders and unleashed a stunning drive outside the 18-yard box, which initially hit the top bar and sailed into the back of the net. Football Association of Zambian (FAZ) and Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) organized the match to gauge Zambia's Chipolopolo readiness before launching the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title defence in South Africa next year as well as provide the Tanzanian outfit a strength-testing game.

Zambia won the African championship for the first time in history when Gabon and Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the tournament in January through February, this year.

They will open their campaign to retain the Nations Cup title with a match against Ethiopia on 21st January, before taking on Nigeria who return to the Afcon finals tournament after failing to qualify for the 2012 finals. They end the group campaign against Burkina Faso - all at Mbombela.

Meanwhile, Taifa Stars players will have a two-week break before they resume training on January 6 to 20 when the team is expected to play two more friendlies in preparation for the World Cup qualifier against Morocco.

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