The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set to inspect Tanzanian football clubs that play in the Mainland Premier League in preparation for effecting of licensing.
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) information officer Boniface Wambura yesterday said CAF will send a delegate from January 7 to 14 to assess the clubs’ conformity before issuing licenses. He however did not reveal the name and nationality of the CAF delegate.
Wambura expressed that clubs had to meet several pre-conditions issued by the International Football Federation (FIFA) through CAF.
He noted: “The football clubs have to locate their physical address, to have training grounds, youth development programs, employed secretariat, audited financial accounts and technical bench made up of qualified officials.”
Wambura said further that only licensed clubs will be allowed to participate in competitions that are prepared by CAF.
The CAF delegate will inspect grounds that host CAF inter-club competitions and hotels where foreign teams are accommodated during CAF competitions next year, editions of the Champions League and the Confederation Cup.
Recently, TFF announced a reform of the body’s constitution so as to include the club licensing conditions whereby concerns were raised by members of the federation on the issue.
Kagera Regional Football Association (KRFA) chairperson Jamal Malinzi last week said club licensing had crossed the deadline so introducing it now was to show some hidden agenda.
Malinzi queried: “The reformation of TFF statutes to include the club licensing item in accordance with FIFA regulations was to be done before December 2011 and (TFF president) Leodegar Tenga knows that. Why introduce the issue now while the deadline has passed already,” he demanded.
He also advised TFF to concentrate on educating clubs about licensing as they had little knowledge about it.
“TFF should first take the initiative of educating clubs about licensing before hastening to include the item in the constitution as many clubs still have less information about it,” he argued.
FIFA decided to enforce club licensing through continental bodies in a bid to ensure professionally run clubs for the benefits of clubs and the game at large.