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Federation mulls over World Cup qualifiers

16th March 2012
TFF information officer Boniface Wambura

Despite frequent failures to miss the Afrcian Nations Cup berths since 1980, still the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) is mulling over the qualifiers running to the Brazil 2014 World Cup finals.

The Tanzania national senior soccer team, known as Taifa Stars, has been lined up with three other teams of Ivory Coast, Gambia and Morocco in Group C.

The two legged fixtures involve 10 group winners before sailing through the qualifiers.

Stars kick-off the 2014 World Cup campaign with an away game against Ivory Coast on June 1, 2 or 3 before hosting Gambia in the second qualifier tie at the National Stadium a week later.

TFF information officer Boniface Wambura said the federation was drawing up a budget for the campaign and also planning for trial games.

"The games might seem too far but we have decided to start preparations early. We want to make sure that we have prepared well for these games,” he said.

Wambura said there is a need for TFF to be steadfast considering that Fifa games are different from Caf ones in their organisation.

"In all CAF games the hosts are supposed to pay for all the cost including accommodation and other domestic expenses. But in Fifa qualifiers it's everyone for themselves. The expenses are therefore very high," he said.

In the previous interview TFF secretary general Angatile Osiah had said that the body needs more than 900m/- to fulfill the national soccer team’s 2014 World Cup and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures between January and June.

He said the national team need more than 180m/- to prepare and play any match.

And he appealed to all soccer lovers and the corporate world to help the team financially. He said the body may need a lot of money as the national women soccer team (Twiga stars) are still in contention of the African Women Championship (AWC) and they will play away to Ethiopia on May 26.

Osiah said the women team uses between $20,000 to $35,000 per game, saying the money also caters for player and official allowances and accommodation.

“We have sponsors for the senior men team but we feel that this can be achieved if other people and companies also can join. The situation can be difficult because we have also the women’s national soccer team (Twiga Stars) which has no permanent sponsor,” he said.

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