AS today is the deadline for aspiring candidates to pick and return nomination forms ahead of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) February 24 election, at least 36 individuals have so far enrolled into the race.
TFF Information Officer, Boniface Wambura said four people picked the forms vying to represent their zones in the federation's general assembly.
He named those who picked the forms yesterday and their zones in brackets as Blassy Kiondo (Katavi and Rukwa), Eliud Mvella (Mbeya and Iringa), Geoffrey Nyange 'Kaburu' (Morogoro and Coast and Omari Abdulkadir (Dar es Salaam) Wambura said the number of aspiring candidates who have filled and retuned the nomination forms has now reached 18 by Thursday.
Moreover, he said, the TFF Elections Committee has advised those filling the forms online to ensure that they send their request to the General Secretary's email and not to the committee members personal emails. So far, the TFF President post has attracted incumbent First Vice-President, Athumani Nyamlani, Chairman of the Kagera Region Football Association (KRFA), Jamal Malinzi and the Chairman of Kigoma Region Football Association, Omari Nkwaruko.
Michael Wambura, Ramadhan Nassib and Wallace Karia are contesting for the Vice-President post. Those who are eying for the TFF Executive Committee membership posts representing zones include Salum Chama (Kagera and Geita), Mugisha Galibona, Samuel Nyalla, Titus Osoro and Vedastus Lufano (Mara and Mwanza).
Epaphra Swai and Mbasha Matutu (Shinyanga and Simiyu), Charles Mugondo and Elly Mbise (Arusha and Manyara), Yusuph Kitumbo (Kigoma and Tabora), Ayubu Nyaulingo, Blassy Kiondo, Nazarius Kilungeja and Selemani Kameya (Katavi and Rukwa) and James Mhagama (Njombe and Ruvuma).
Others are Athuman Kambi and Zafarani Damoder (Lindi and Mtwara), Hussein Mwamba and Stewart Masima (Dodoma and Singida), Farid Nahdi, Geofrey Nyange and Twahili Njoki (Morogoro and Pwani), Elias Mwanjala and Eliud Mvella (Iringa and Mbeya), Khalid Mohamed (Kilimanjaro and Tanga) and Muhsin Balhabou, Omari Abdulkadir and Shaffih Dauda (Dar es Salaam).
Yanga Chairman - Yusuf Manji also picked the form on Wednesday to contest for the Chairman of the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL Board), while Said Mohamed is contesting the TPL Board Vice-Chairman post. The forms are available on the TFF website (www.tff. or.tz) and aspiring candidates could fill them online and pay for the application form to the TFF account number 01J1019956700 CRDB, Holland House.
Application forms cost 500,000/- for president, 300,000/- (vice-president) and 200,000/- (executive committee members). Posts to be contested are those of President, Vice-President and 13 members of the Executive Committee. According to the TFF Election Committee, applicants for president and vice president posts should be Tanzanians, holder of a bachelor's degree and not aged less than 25 years and neither should they be over 75 years of age.
Meanwhile, DStv through Super Sport international has applied to bean live matches of the Mainland Premier League, which will resume on January 26. The Tanzania Football Information (TFF), information Officer, Boniface Wambura said yesterday that the first five rounds of the fixture will remain unchanged, while there will possibly be an alteration for the other rounds so as to accommodate the Super Week in the fixture.
In the first phase of the league SuperSport International aired live five matches. It included a match that pitted last season's runners up Azam against JKT Ruvu, Simba versus Prisons FC, Yanga versus African Lyon, JKT Ruvu versus Mtibwa Sugar and a derby clash between giants Simba and Yanga.