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Challenges await new TFF officials

10th February 2013
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 It could be argued that in an administrative sense at least, local football is going through a transition - what with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) elections expected to take place later this month.

While we fervently wish for capable and committed leaders to succeed the outgoing Leodegar Tenga-led administration, there is no question that whichever presidential candidate emerges victorious in the polls, he will have a lot of pressing concerns to get to grips with.

For instance, the embarrassing fact that we have failed to qualify for any major football competition since way back in 1980, is surely a vexatious issue that demands the urgent attention of the incoming TFF leadership.

Indeed, one would hope that the new batch of leaders at the TFF carefully examine where all the massive funds that have been ploughed into football have gone, considering that there have been few dividends reaped from the investment over the years.

Moreover, conflicts both between and within clubs over problems that seemingly have no resolution, constitute another major concern for the new TFF leadership to address.

Indeed, in recent years, internal conflicts have affected a few of the country’s football juggernauts and in so doing distracted them from improving their stature in the realm of local football.

But in spite of all these worries, there are a few positive steps that the new TFF leadership can take to improve the standard of our football.

These include the football governing body making every effort to revive the Taifa Cup, which provided a great platform on which unheralded talents could show the stuff they are made of.

And if this were to happen in the not-too-distant future, the TFF should go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that no Mainland Premier League players take part in this arguably all-important championship.

In addition, it is hoped that the new hierarchy of the TFF recognize that there is always room for improvement where the cause of youth football development is concerned.

Thus, as we negotiate our way through this transition on our football scene, let us hope that the upcoming elections herald the beginning of a bright, new dawn for local football.

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY