29 December 2012

Tanzania: CAF Official Set to Inspect National Stadium

THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) will send its official, Abbas Sendyowa, 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.

The official assignment will work closely with a representative from the TFF, Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports as well as managers of the National Stadium and training grounds used by the clubs. Effective next year, no club will be allowed to compete in CAF competitions without a licence, which will strictly be issued after adherence of CAF requirements.

Simba and Azam will be under pressure to ensure that they fulfill the CAF requirements to assure their chance of taking part in next year's events. Meanwhile, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Election Committee has endorsed decision by the Rukwa Region Football Association (RUREFA) to omit Nazarius Kilungeja, from the race to contest for the association's Chairmanship post. Following the decision, the TFF Election Committee has ordered RUREFA Election Committee to continue with the election process as planned.

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