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Federation deplores Yanga coup d`etat`

22nd May 2012
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TFF secretary general, Angetile Osiah

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has strongly deplored a move by members of the former Mainland soccer champions Young Africans who convened a meeting to oust their chairman Lloyd Nchunga over the weekend in Dar es Salaam.

In a lengthy statement released yesterday by the soccer federation’s secretary general, Angetile Osiah, it states that Yanga members are heading into uncalled for crisis.

The statement said should there a need to change Yanga leadership then members of the club must adhere to the existing constitution.

“TFF is not bound to tolerate any move initiated by members which are illegal and not in conformity with the governing constitution of the club,” it said part of the statement.

Osiah said TFF will not be ready or entertain any action that is contrary to the constitution be it in good faith or otherwise.

He said TFF has a fleet of members affiliated to it and the members include premiership clubs, Yanga inclusive.

The secretary general, who gained access to the TFF leadership early last year, said the soccer federation will not be swayed by members who attempt to oust Yanga leadership without following the proper channels.

He insisted that for Yanga to be recognized by the TFF, rules, regulations and procedures of running the club’s affairs should be adhered to.

Yanga has been in crisis since the build up towards the Mainland’s biggest premiership derby played in Dar es Salaam on May 6.

Yanga council of elders had requested their club chairman Nchunga to surrender the team ahead of their clash against Simba.

Nchunga objected the move and Yanga went on to lose the match terribly by 5-0 goals that rubbed salt on the wound as the crisis escalated to date.

After losing the premiership title to archrivals Simba, Yanga have one more silverware to defend in less than two months, the Kagame Cup.

Besides title defence bid, Yanga, like any other club, need to register and offload players ahead of the transfer window expected to be opened next month.

Yanga players, officials and their Serbian coach, Kostadin Papic, have a pile of salary arrears with a solution not in sight to clear the air.

The pile of debts is said to be a powerful drawback that led the club to lose its grip on title retention bid during the last six matches of the just ended premiership season as the team lost hefty 15 points.

Yanga chairman has set July 15 as the date to hold the club’s annual general meeting and is objected by the impatient members who need him to vacate the post with immediate effect.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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