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TRA freezes TFF accounts, deducts 157m/-

24th November 2012
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TFF president Leodegar Tenga

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has frozen accounts of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) for non payments of the Pay As You Earn (Payee) of the national team coaches.

TFF technical manager Sunday Kayuni said yesterday that TRA had frozen their accounts and deducted 157,407,968/- from one of the body’s accounts last Wednesday.

Kayuni said that TRA deducted that amount claiming to be Payee of the foreign national soccer team coaches.

He said the amount which TRA deducted was part of 300m/- which Vodacom Tanzania deposited as part of its Mainland Premier League sponsorship.  Kayuni maintained that despite deduction TRA was still holing their accounts.

He said the deduction will affect the second and last round on the Premier League because the amount was meant to felicitate the participation of the 14 teams competing in the league.

Kayuni said that TRA victimized them without proper reason as the national coaches were being paid directly by the government through the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports as promised by President Jakaya Kikwete.

“If this is the case, then the accounts of the ministry are ones supposed to be frozen not TFF,” he added.

Kayuni said that TFF had complained to the ministry and told TRA about the realities but they were shocked to see that they are the core culprits.

He maintained that TFF will form a committee to see that the problem is solved and if the problem will persist then the league will not resume as TFF will not have money to run it.

When the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Seth Kamuhanda, was conducted he said he was unaware of the issue.

On his part, TRA Acting Director of Tax Payers’ Education Allan Kiula promised to give a clarification on the matter today.
Foreign coaches who have been training the national teams are Marcio Maximo, Itamar Amorin, Marcus Tinoco, Rodrigo Stockler, Jan Paulsen, Kim Paulsen and Jacob Michelsen.

Meanwhile,
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has fired the Football Referees Association of Tanzania (Frat) election committee chairman Alhaj Muhidin Ndolanga ‘Tyson’ for violating election regulations.

This is the second time that TFF is firing Ndolanga,   former chairman of the Football Association of Tanzania (FAT).
Last month, TFF also dismissed Ndolanga for going against the rules and regulations in the suspended Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA) election which he chaired.

The TFF election committee chairman Deogratius Lyato said yesterday that Ndolanga was disqualified because he allowed Frat polls to take place despite being stopped by the governing soccer body.

He said Ndolanga violated the TFF order to postpone the election to December 8 because its preparations were not complete.
Lyato said instead Ndolanga conducted the election on November 17 and included three aspirants who were banned by the election committee.

He added that because of this TFF has ordered Frat to appoint another chairman who will lead the association to a fresh election.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN