Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president, Leodegar Tenga
For Football to succeed in the country there is a need for a strong and effective investment in the industry, as the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president, Leodegar Tenga, said on Monday.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam when he announced that he will not vie for the post in the coming TFF general election, Tenga said his federation has done much to promote and develop the game and also to satisfy local football lovers.
He said there is a need for more investors to pump in their resources so that the game develops from grassroots level.
The TFF president said there are few investors who are willing to develop football by establishing academies and TFF is doing everything possible to see that the environment is good for companies and organizations to invest in football.
He gave an example of Ghana where the national team (Black Stars) has a sponsorship of more than US $15m with one of the country’s biggest oil companies.
“Companies must sponsor football, this shows how football needs strong development,” said Tenga.
He also mentioned Japan, which he said started to invest in sports in 1970 and they did this despite their further development in technology.
Tenga also said the absence of local referees at the South Africa 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is not healthy to the development of football in the country.
He also lamented on the continued ticket theft by some alleged members TFF and he confessed that his federation is failing as no one has been identified.
He attributed continued ticket theft to delay in introducing electronic ticketing.
Tenga blamed the delay to lack of equipment and also reluctant by some stadium owners to start electronic ticketing at their facilities.
He, however, said TFF has hardworking and committed members and workers who are willing to work extra hard to develop the game in the country.