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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Moro to host intermediate soccer league

22nd March 2012

Eventually Morogoro Region Football Association (MRFA) has successfully managed to win hosting status of the intermediate First Division League that kicks off at their Jamhuri Stadium on March 31.

MRFA is one of the several bodies that had submitted applications to vie for hosting status of the league to be competed by nine teams.

According to a press statement from the Tanzania Football Federation, the Morogoro regional football authorities have edged the rest of the bidders after fulfilling most of the prerequisites set by the TFF secretariat.

Other football authorities that showed interest in hosting the event include Mbeya, Mwanza, Ruvuma and Tabora.

TFF will be supervising the league which at the end would see four teams winning the top flight berth for the next season.

TFF declined to reveal to what extent the MRFA had beaten the rest of the bidders in hosting the event.

The most conspicuous requirement for a successful bidder is to meet a sanctioning fee to the tune of 25 million shillings before winning the hosting status.

At least one team from the host region had in the past successfully managed to win promotion into the premiership berth.

 Teams that have qualified to feature in the league after the end of the First Division League last month are Dar es Salaam Police, Tanga’s Mgambo Shooting and Transit Camp of Dar es Salaam who were pooled in Group A.

Teams from Group B are Mbeya City Council, Ruvuma’s Mlale JKT and Tanzania Prisons from Mbeya.Police Tabora, Police Morogoro and Tabora’s Rhino Rangers sailed through from Group C.

Two teams from the current premiership berth would be demoted at the end of the season in early May.

The next league season is expected to harbour 16 teams, an increase of two more teams from the current fleet.

During last season’s intermediate league three teams of Coastal Union, Villa Squad and Oljoro JKT managed to win the promotion when the Tanga region hosted the league.

Meanwhile, the match between Temeke United and Small Kids that would decide which team to be demoted into the Second Division will be played at the Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro on March 31.

The football federation’s league committee that met on March 12 had come into decision to set up the date for the match.

Losers of the match would join other teams of AFC Arusha and Manyoni SC from Singida into the relegation tunnel.

AFC and Manyoni had already qualified for the demotion after breaching the league’s fundamental regulation of no show for any apparent reason.

Other teams that have remained in the First Division after missing the intermediate stage league berth are Burkina Faso, Morani, Police Iringa, Majimaji and Green Warriors (94KJ) of Dar es Salaam.

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