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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Ban on players stirs stars camp

13th December 2012
Zanzibar Heroes team

Controversy  has risen as a result of Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) decision to ban all players who represented Isles in the just ended Senior Challenge Cup staged in Kampala.

Taifa Stars coach Kim Poulsen on Monday named six of the players who featured for the Zanzibar team into the United Republic of Tanzania’s (Taifa Stars) provisional squad gearing up for an international friendly against visiting Zambia in Dar es Salaam next weekend.

 Players who have been included in the Taifa Stars are goalkeeper Mwadini Ali, Agrey Morris, Nadir Haroub, Samih Nuhu, Khamis Mcha and Said Nassoro Masoud.

ZFA came into a fierce disagreement with the players who decided to share the $10,000 prize package money after the team finished third having beaten Mainland side by 6-5 penalties during the classification match played at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala last Saturday.

Both Mainland and Zanzibar teams were knocked out at the semifinal stages of the annual tournament won by Uganda for record 13th time since its inauguration in 1973.

 ZFA officials led by vice-president Hadji Ameir took a bold decision to ban all players for bypassing officials of the team and share the prize money between themselves.

The Taifa Stars players were supposed to kick off training session for the next week’s match at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The Tanzania Football Federation’s information officer, Boniface Wambura, admitted to have received a suspension letter from the ZFA officials.

 He said TFF would workout modalities to find an instant solution to ease the prevailing tension between ZFA and the players.

 Wambura declined to say how soon the controversy would be worked out before disrupting training programme of the national team coach.

 All players who were summoned by the coach were supposed to report at the TFF Karume hostel later yesterday.

Stars have no other international assignment besides the friendly against the continental champions next week.

The ZFA has in most cases struggled to find sponsorship to prepare the Zanzibar Heroes team in Senior Challenge Cup championships.

Most of the Zanzibar Heroes’ players would not be contacted by telephones to air their views on the indefinite suspension.

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