Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Michael Wambura Disqualified Again

MICHAEL Wambura has once again hit a stumbling block in his bid to return to football management after he was disqualified from contesting in the coming Tanzania Football Federation's general election.

The former TFF general secretary was eyeing the post of vice-president in the election slated for February 24 in Dar es Salaam. But the Chairman of TFF Election Committee, Deogratias Lyatto, revealed Wambura was among 12 aspirants who have been screened out of the race for various reasons.

Lyatto said that Wambura was found guilty of violating the rules and regulations governing the sport by taking football matters to the court of law back in 2010 when he filed a case at the Kisutu resident magistrate against Simba leadership which is against the FIFA statutes.

It should be remembered that last year, Wambura's 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.

A committee that was appointed to investigate him concluded that he was not fit to contest for any election post within soccer fraternity in the country. Lyatto apparently suggested the only option for Wambura to clear his way before contesting in any football election is for him to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and win.

Efforts to contact Wambura for comment on the matter yesterday were not fruitful. The committee also disqualified several candidates who were vying for the Executive Committee membership slots. The candidates and their respective zones in brackets are Abdallah Hussein Musa (Kagera and Geita), Mbasha Matutu (Shinyanga and Simiyu) and Charles M u g o n d o (Arusha, Manyara) zones.

Others are Ayubu Nyaulingo (Rukwa and Katavi), Nazarius Kilungeja (Rukwa and Katavi), Eliud Mvella (Iringa and Mbeya), Farid Nahdi (Morogor and Pwani) and Hassan Othuman 'Hassanoo' who failed to appear for the screening. Others are Omary lsack Abdulkadir (Dar es Salaam) and Shafii Kajuna Dauda (Dar es Salaam).

Lyatto said most of the aspirants were removed from the election either due to incompetence, failure to produce form four certificates, lack of integrity and their involvement in various conflicts in football.

Lyatto noted that Abdulkadir was found guilty of allowing the suspended FRAT elections to be conducted in Dodoma, while radio and TV presenter, Dauda, was held accountable of misleading the public on the Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA) election in which he was contesting.

Lyatto further said, Dauda, paid the price of being ignorant of TFF statutes and oblivious of duties of the executive committee of the local football governing body

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