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TFF dashes Wambura`s soccer leadership hopes

7th March 2012
Michael Wambura

The Tanzania Football Federation yesterday unveiled a heap of allegations that keep Michael Wambura on the ‘offside’ position to aspire for any football leadership in the country.

The soccer federation has made reference to decision reached by its appeals committee when Wambura was disqualified to contest for the post of the vice-president in 2008.

The committee concluded that Wambura had no merits to contest for the post on the grounds of ‘questionable integrity’.

Basing on that decision it is satisfactory to sideline Wambura from contesting in any election within soccer fraternity of the country, it said.

The only option for Wambura to clear his way before contesting in any football election is for him to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and win.

CAS is supposed to clear Wambura before the football fraternity accepts him to contest for any leadership post.

Wambura who was on his way to contest for the chairmanship post of the Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association, has undesirable leadership background as alleged by the soccer federation.

TFF claims, Wambura, formerly secretary general of the defunct Football Association of Tanzania, FAT, was found with allegations of awarding a

tender to Min Investments & Commercial Services that was registered in July 17, 1992 under his ownership before changes were made to a new owner later in November 12, 2003.

The alleged conflict of interest in the awarding of the business transaction while in power as a football official is against the leadership ethics as confirmed by the chairman of electoral committee in the TFF corridors, Deogratius Lyatto.

Lyatto said TFF is maintaining respect to the decisions reached by the appeals committee made ahead of the 2008 general elections.

The appeals committee’s ruling was preceded by decisions made by the TFF general assembly held in 2007, which ruled that Wambura lacked leadership integrity and a subsequent criminal case was filled against him in January 2008.

Lyatto lined up Wambura’s past allegations that link him with the football federation’s funds embezzlement as approving payment for the purchase of furniture and fittings to the tune of $16,548 that was equivalent to 17.1m/- by then on July 28, 2004.

The valuation made later to ascertain the correlation between the bought furniture and the amount paid revealed a sharp contrasting variation, he claimed.

According to Lyatto, the above described transaction was preceded by another business infringement when Wambura was alleged to have approved payment to the tune of $25,000 equivalent to 25.9m/- for the purchase of furniture and a car through receipt number 5324.

"Auditors assessment had indicated that the amount of money paid did not correspond to the actual value of the acquired furniture," he said.

Lyatto went on to say that Wambura borrowed money from the football body while in power in 2002 amounting to 36.8m/- without the approval and consensus of the members of the executive committee. In May 2002 Wambura again was alleged to have cashed himself 12.m/- without any substantiation, he claimed.

Lyatto further claimed that Wambura’s trustworthiness has been in doubt after he was alleged to have said he was born in 1967 when he aspired for a leadership post with samba sports Club.

He also alleged that there was another controversy on his date of birth when he submitted a form to contest for the post of Football Association of Mara last year, this time he was born in 1965.

Lyatto warned other people who happen to back Wambura and intend to block other football elections to be conducted in the country.

Wambura fund himself in limbo when he took to the court of law an election dispute when he contested to a post within Simba Sports Club in 2010.

Taking a court action is against FIFA’s etiquette in resolving football disputes.

However, Lyatto admitted that there was an infringement by the disciplinary and conflict resolving Committee under Alfred Tibaigana and the appeals committee that ruled against Wambura to contest for the FAM elections.

Efforts to contact Wambura for comment did not materialise as his mobile phone was not reachable.

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