30 January 2013

Tanzania: Malinzi, Nyamlani Fate to Be Determined On Tuesday

THE fate of the two presidential candidates for the forthcoming general elections of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Athumani Nyamlani and Jamal Malinzi and others will be known today when the body's electoral committee hears objections raised against them.

According to the statement released recently by TFF General Secretary Angetile Osiah, the committee chaired by Deogratius Lyatto is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, to hear objections against potential candidates for both, TFF and Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL Board).

Eight candidates for the TFF Elections, including presidential aspirants, Nyamlani and Malinzi have been ordered to appear before the Lyatto committee to face their objectors, while Yusuf Manji and Hamad Juma, who are vying for the post of the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL Board) chairmanship, as well as vice-chairman aspirant Said Mohamed are also objected.

Two objections were received against Nyamlani's candidacy and one against Malinzi. Mintanga Gacha and Medard Justinian have filed objections against the incumbent TFF vice-president, Nyamlani, while Agape Fue is objecting the candidature of 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. 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.

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 by 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. Objectors to Manji's candidature are Daniel Kamna and Juma Magoma, whilst Frank Mchaki has filed objection against Juma and Said Mohamed. The country's football governing body, TFF, will hold its general elections on February 24 in Dar es Salaam.

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