Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Unruly Azam Coach Disciplined

PREMIER League Committee has imposed a three-match ban on Azam head coach Stewart Hall for misconduct. The English coach allegedly stripped his shorts during his side's 3-1 win over Kagera Sugar at the Chamazi Stadium.

The suspension goes together with a 500,000/- fine. Hall committed the offence in protest of what he deemed unfair decisions by assistant referee during the match played on January 26, this year.

Hall will be out of the technical bench for Azam's forthcoming match against Polisi Morogoro on March 9, this year, as well as clashes against Prisons and Ruvu Shooting on March 27 and March 30 respectively.

The Wallace Karia-led committee issued the penalty during last week's meeting that reviewed First Division and Premier League reports.

The committee's wrath also fall on Mgambo Shooting's assistant coach Denis Mwingira and Polisi Morogoro's Ally Jangalu, who have been hit with a 500,000/- fine each for allegedly using abusive words against match officials during league matches.

Moro United coach Yusuf Macho and Burkina Faso's Hasheem Mkingie entered the bad books as well after being found guilty of unruly behaviour during first division matches and will have to pay a 200,000/- fine each.

The committee also fined three top flight clubs and four first division clubs between 200,000/- and 500,000/- for various offences. The clubs and the amount of fine in brackets are Azam (300,000/-), Coastal Union (500,000/-), African Lyon (500,000/-), Burkina Faso (200,000/-), Pamba (200,000/-), Mkamba Rangers (200,000/-) and Polisi Dodoma (200,000/-).

Several clubs received written warning after failing to show up in pre-match meeting. They are Coastal Union, JKT Ruvu, Toto Africans, Simba, Green Warriors, Majimaji, Mkamba Rangers, Polisi Dodoma, JKT Kanembwa and Moro United.

Meanwhile, nine referees have been removed from the list of Premier League officials after performing poorly in their league assignments. Those axed includes central referee Mathew Akrama and assistant referee Ephrony Ndissa who officiated in a Premier League match between traditional archrivals Simba and Young Africans.

Ronald Swai has also been relieved of his duties due to his below-par performance during a league match between Yanga and Mtibwa Sugar. The list includes match officials who scored poor marks. They are Fifa-bagged assistant referee Ferdinand Chacha, who took charge of the league match between defending champions Simba and African Lyon last month.

Others who scored below the required standard and the matches they officiated are Alex Mahagi (Simba vs JKT Ruvu), Methusela Musebula (Toto Africans vs Coastal Union), Livingstone Lwiza (Toto Africans vs Coastal Union), Idd Mikongoti (Toto Africans vs Mtibwa Sugar) and Samson Kobe (Toto Africans vs Mtibwa Sugar).

Referees must score not less than 6.5 out of 10 marks to remain in the select group of Premier League and First Division officials. Mohamed Jumbe, who was in charge of Premier League game between Mgambo Shooting and Simba, has been dropped from the list of match commissioners, after submitting poor report. Four others, namely Hakim Byemba, Salum Kikwamba, Charles Komba and Mohamed Nyange have been suspended pending submission of their reports to TFF

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