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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

TFF should review revenue deductions

15th October 2012
Editorial Cartoon

The amount of money currently deducted from stadium gate collections during Mainland premier soccer league matches played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam are unacceptably high and ought to be reviewed as a matter of urgency.

Even the most casual or superficial of observations will show that the competing teams are given a raw deal, routinely ending up with less than half the total amount realised!

This defies logic, as there is no clear explanation as to why the teams do not enjoy the lion’s share of the collections after all ‘mandatory” deductions are made – and not otherwise.

All things considered, teams are the prime source of al the money at play – not the stadium owners or even the football federation.

While we acknowledge the need to have statutory deductions such as Value Added Tax (VAT), whether several of the other deductions raise are of any importance or relevance is highly questionable.

Charging VAT makes sense not only to the Treasury but to the nation generally, but there is every reason to cast a critical look at amorphous items such as Beijing Construction, match preparations, electricity and security.

Some of these deductions are needlessly high and only serve to drain gross revenue, much to the dismay of the teams and generally at the expense of soccer in the country.

Therefore, some of these deductions should be abolished or scaled down if we are indeed serious about boosting gate collections for the benefit of those without whose sweat and toil the collections would not have been there in the first place.

The competing teams incur higher match preparation expenses than most of the other current beneficiaries. This is indisputable, which invariably means that continuing to pay them a tiny slice of the eventual collections is totally unfair.

Teams paying the salaries of both players and entitled officials alongside covering costs in respect of players’ recruitment, camping, transport, medical care, insurance, etc., etc.

The Tanzania Football Federation thus ought to devise a new formula of computing deductions with regard to gate collections before the situation gets out of hand.

It should stay informed that without these teams, there cannot be any talk of stadiums attracting multitudes and therefore standing as money minters. If that is done, there will be no problem rewarding players and teams more handsomely than is now done.

Before the situation worsens, federation, clubs and stadium owners would be well advised to agree on modalities which would help them iron out any differences between them and ensure that gate collections are shared equitably.

The National Stadium easily accommodates the biggest number of spectators, particularly during Dar es Salaam derbies and other big-time encounters. However, it is also ironically the most notorious when it comes to deductions that teams consider overly unfair.

Rewarding competing teams can doubtless boost the morale of both players and the technical benches and therefore make them perform better and pull even bigger numbers of spectators – thus attracting even fatter gate collections!

With that, having modern stadiums would make even more sense, not least by contributing more to the national economy. Just a though the likes of TFF might wish to take up.

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