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Tenga not seeking re-election

15th January 2013
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Leodegar Tenga

The incumbent Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president, Leodegar Tenga, will not vie for the post at the soccer governing body’s general election slated for February 24.

Briefing journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Tenga, who is considered as one of the few successful sports leaders in the country, said he has done enough for the federation and he will step down at the election.    
 
 “Delegates have been asking, what is going on? But, the answer is no. When I was campaigning for the post of president of TFF in 2004, I promised to turn the governing body into a professional organization. To have a constitutional, and I can happily say I have I achieved what I promised,” he said
 
The TFF president said during his reign he has managed to lay the foundations of football development in the country and now its time for others to continue from where he is stopping.
      
Tenga said the constitution has helped to promote football in the country as there are mechanisms to control any act of hooligans.
        
 
He called upon all soccer loving people in the country to contest at the federation general election and also thanked the TFF’s secretariat and election committees for their efforts to see that the federation is hosting the general election this year.
     
Tenga thanked all football lovers in the country, the media, corporate world, clubs and the government for the support they showed during his reign and he described their passion for football as very good. 
 
The TFF president will be remembered by many people in the country for his hardworking spirit, dedication and also as the man who was very ambitious and visionary.
  
Meanwhile, TFF said 19 people have collected forms to contest for various post at the coming February 24 general election.   
Those who collected the forms yesterday include TFF executive committee members Wallace Karia and Ramadhan Nassib who are both vying for the post of vice president.
 
Others who want to compete for the Executive Committee members of the federation are Shaffih Dauda, Athuman Kambi, Hussein Mwamba, Stewart Masima, Yusuph Kitumbo, Mugisha Galibona, Vedastus Lufano, Twahili Njoki, Charles Mugondo, Elley Mbise, Farid Nahdi, Ayubu Nyaulingo, Nazarius Kilungeja, Epaphra Swai, Khalid Abdallah, James Mhagama and Selemani Bandiho.  
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN