The president of Tanzania Football federation (TFF), Leodegar Tenga, has refused to acknowledge the resignation of Mainland premier league vice-chairman, Said Mohamed.
In a statement released by the TFF’s information officer, Boniface Wambura, Tenga has said Mohamed was appointed to the vice-chairmanship of the league committee on grounds of his leadership competence.
Basing on his competence, Tenga said he is not in a position to accept the official’s resignation.
Mohamed was appointed to the league committee post on October 28 together with other officials from the Mainland top flight clubs.
Tenga had formed the league committee as interim while modalities are underway
to form a company that would oversee the running and organization of the premiership affairs.
Other members of the committee include chairman Wallace Karia, Damas Ndumbaro, Steven Mnguto, Geoffrey Nyange, Seif Ahmed, Henry Kabera, ACP Ahmed Msangi, Charles Mbuge and Ahmed Yahya.
Mohamed, who is the chairman of Azam Football Club, opted out of the committee following an intervention of the chairman of Appeals and Reconciliation Committee on the rulings connected to Yanga-Azam match pitch violence.
The chairman of Appeals and Reconciliation Committee, Alfred Tibaigana, was quoted as saying all decisions made by the league committee were based on ‘political pattern’.
Five of Yanga players were found guilty of assaulting referee Israel Nkongo during a premiership derby between Yanga and Azam played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on March 10.
Yanga player Nadir Haroub, who was sent off during the violence while protesting the sending off of playmate Haruna Niyonzima, was fined half million shillings and a six-match ban. Big offender Stephano Mwasika, who punched referee Mujuni and controversially escaped a card, was banned for a year and fined one million shillings.
Reserve player Jerry Tegete, who broke loose from the bench to attempt an assault on the referee, was banned for six months while team mate Omega Seme was to serve six-match ban.
The club was also fined for conceding more than five cards in a single match.
Tibaigana suspended all the league committee’s ruling for two weeks pending another hearing to ascertain the gravity of the offences and the degree of violence during the match.
Tibaigana’s decision has sparkled widespread criticism among Mainland premiership followers sensing a possible camouflage to favouritism as the incident has involved a soccer powerhouse in the country.
In a related development, the league’s committee chairman Karia is expected to lead his members in a staging a boycott to attend the Appeals and Reconciliation Committee session to be held in Dar es Salaam today.
Karia has been disappointed by the remarks released by Tibaigana in relation to the decision reached to ban Yanga players who were involved in the violence in the match against Azam on March 10.
The two committees have come into collision as a conflict of interest is presumably lying deep in the hearts of some of the committee members in relation to the premiership title chase.
Holders Young Africans, pacemakers Simba and Azam are in tight race to win the Mainland title that reaches its climax at the beginning of next month.