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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

TFF to chop off institution clubs

18th December 2012
TFF president Leodegar Tenga

The  Tanzania Football Federation is expected to comply with the world football governing body FIFA in writing off top flight sides owned by single institutions.

FIFA has directed all football associations affiliated to the body globally to chop down all teams that are owned by institutions. In this case an Institution is supposed to won just one team and not more than that so as to have full-fledged competitive leagues.

Institutions that have more than one team in the current premiership flee will be forced to compress into just one football club.

In this case teams from Police, JKT and Sugar processors will be highly affected. JKT or National Service has a huge number of teams competing in the Mainland premiership.

JKT has five teams of Mgambo, Ruvu, Ruvu Shooting and Oljoro while Sugar processors have Mtibwa and Kagera.

The objective of the FUIFA directive is to improve the degree of competition among the teams in the leagues.

Multiple ownership of clubs within one institution has in most cases prompted match fixing particularly in circumstances when one team is on the verge of either winning the title or facing relegation.

So far it has not been proved a case for fixing results in the Mainland premiership but the situation once left to prevail might one day backfire.

The TFF president Leodegar Tenga said there is no short cut to the FUIFA directive and all teams owned by a single institution will have to be merged into one. He declined to comment when the chopping off of the teams will be effected but he acknowledged that the possibility is wide open and will be enforced.

The directive will not affect other premiership teams in the likes of Simba, Yanga, Azam, Toto Africa and Coastal Union.
However, Tanzania prisons and Police teams will be compelled to avoid other teams belonging to their institutions not to target premiership promotion.




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