SIX candidates for the forthcoming Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) general election, including presidential aspirants, Athumani Nyamlani and Jamal Malinzi risk being axed from the race following objections raised against them.
Two objections had been received against Nyamlani's candidacy and one against Malinzi by Saturday's deadline, a statement released by TFF Secretary General Angetile Osiah revealed.
Mintanga Gacha and Medard Justinian have raised objection against the incumbent TFF vice-president, Nyamlani, who is seeking to replace outgoing Leodegar Tenga, whileAgape Fue has filed objection against former Yanga general secretary, Malinzi.
Also facing the objection is former Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) secretary general Michael Wambura, who eyes the TFF vice presidency. He is being objected by Josea Samuel Msengi and Said Rubea Tamim This could prove yet another stumbling block for Wambura, who several times in the past four or so years, had tried to make a return to the football leadership but to no avail.
Last year, his name was dropped from the list of the aspirants during the general election of the Football Association of Mara (FAM) following an objection by some candidates. In 2008, he was disqualified from contesting the TFF vice president post for alleged violation of the rules and regulations governing the federation's polls.
Also at risk is Epaphra Swai, who is eyeing the executive committee membership from Zone 3, which includes Shinyanga and Simiyu regions. He faces two objections, which have been filed Ramadhani Sesso and Tsotsie Chalamila. There are three objections against Eliud Mvella, who is vying for the executive committee membership representing Iringa and Mbeya regions.
Jeremiah John and Wambura have raised objection against Athumani Kambi, another candidate eyeing the executive committee membership from Lindi and Mtwara regions. Meanwhile, both Yusuf Manji and Hamad Juma, who are vying for the post of the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL Board) chairmanship, face objections against their candidacy.
Objectors to Manji's candidature are Daniel Kamna and Juma Magoma, whilst Frank Mchaki has filed objection against Juma and Said Mohamed, who has collected nomination form to vie for the vice chairmanship in the TPL board.
The country's football governing body, TFF, will hold its general elections on February 24 in Dar es Salaam.