THE Tanzania Football Association (TFF) announced on Sunday that the use of electronic tickets system as a measure to curb massive gate collection pilferage during matches will be a reality and the installation of turnstiles at seven venues was almost complete.
However, the new system will come to the effect on February 20, this year, unlike earlier announcement by the TFF that it would introduce electronic tickets during the second phase of the league which commences on Saturday.
TFF Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, said in a statement yesterday that the installation of turnstiles at Chamazi (Dar es Salaam), Jamhuri (Morogoro), Kaitaba (Bukoba), Sokoine (Mbeya), Sheikh Amri Abeid Kaluta (Arusha) and Mkwakwani (Tanga) has reached almost 80 per cent.
He said that the process will be complete by February 20, this year, when a set of electronic devices which will detect ticket validity will be installed in all the seven venues for the system to function.
He said the National Stadium that has turnstiles installed already is also waiting for the installation of electronic devices before the system can be operated.
Wambura said the installation of turnstiles and other devices at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza was still waiting for blessings from the venue owners - Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).
Electronic tickets will involve computer software from abroad and its use requires mobile phone chip, like a smart card recharged and debited in match ticket purchase.
"There will absolutely be no use of cash when the new system comes into use," he said, adding that smart cards will be used to purchase a ticket for a particular match. The smart cards centres, Wambura said, will be announced later.
CRDB bank won the tender to facilitate the ticket introduction. Seven firms had expressed interest to win the tender and after long examination, the TFF opted for CRDB.
The TFF tender committee, which met on July 13, came with the decision to work with the CRDB bank after being satisfied with the presentation of the tickets that also involved three other firms.
Some of the reasons that enabled the CRDB bank to win the tender include capacity, credibility, technology and customer reliability before the public.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has picked Kenyan referees to officiate at the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round match between Tanzania's Azam FC and Al Nasir Juba of South Sudan. The first leg match will be held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam between February 15 and 17.
The central referee will be Davies Omweno, who will be assisted by Peter Keireini (line one), Gilbert Cheruiyot (line two) and Anthony Ogwayo will be the fourth official. Match Commissioner will be Mohamed Mohamud from Somalia. Officials of the second leg match in Juba will be from Rwanda and Gervais Munyanziza will be the central referee .
In another development, Tanzanian referees to be led by Israel Mujuni Nkongo will be in charge of the CAF Confederation Cup tie between UFC Haut Nkam of Cameroon and US Bougouni of Mali between February 15 and 17, this year. Nkongo will be assisted by Ali Kinduli, Samuel Mpenzu and Waziri Sheha.