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Kayuni challenges premiership clubs

29th February 2012
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TFF technical director Sunday Kayuni

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) technical director Sunday Kayuni has criticised the top flight sides for failure of supplying the national teams with formidable players to serve for the national team.

Speaking in an exclusive interview in Dar es Salaam on Monday, Kayuni, who was accompanied by the federation’s media officer Boniface Wambura, said the current form of the national team can be attributed to premier league clubs who lack consistency and vision.

He said most of the clubs do not have long term plans and also lack organisation, strategy and continuity.

He substantiated his critics with the fact that nearly all premier league teams do not have players who were with their teams hardly four years ago.

Very few clubs have players originating from their youth sides as these are ceremonial and become active during the Uhai youth Cup tourneys.

“Show me any club which has players who played for them some four years ago and also any team which has many players resulting from their youth ranks,” queried Kayuni

Kayuni, a former national team coach, said it becomes very difficult for Stars coach to have a good team when his players are not being utilised by their clubs.

He said operations of the national team coach depend on the clubs as he has short spell with players.

The technical director, whose one of his duty is to make sure that all football coaches follow a particular football philosophy suitable to the country conditions, blamed local football clubs for their constant change of coaches and also lack of youth teams’ maintenance.

He said currently TFF is making sure that all clubs in the country are having football basics which will in the future translate into the country’s own philosophy of soccer.

He said as one way of making sure that they are following the youth talents which were nurtured in the previous Coca Cola trophy and other youth tournaments, TFF has data base for all the youth players who competed in the tournaments and also organises trainings every end of the month at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The Under 17 and Under 20 training programs are organised by the national youth team coach Kim Paulsen.

The tournament helps the players to become fit.

More over, he blamed premier league clubs for not taking interest in recruiting the youth players whom he said some of them were in the youth team which won the Coca Cola regional Cup in Brazil two years ago.

However, Kayuni, lamented on lack of funding to his office saying he has some programs that are gathering dust because there is no money to implement them.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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