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Malinzi case for review

17th February 2013
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TFF outgoing president Leodegar Tenga talking to the media in Dar es Salaam yesterday.(Photo: Khalfan Said)

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) outgoing president, Leodegar Tenga, has convened the body’s appeals committee to revisit the appeals of axed applicants in the ongoing election process.

The committee would review the decisions confirming the disqualification of certain aspirants, with the contest for the post of president being the most animated ahead of the body’s general election set for February 24.

Presidential hopeful Jamal Malinzi and vice-presidential contestant Michael Wambura were axed, with Malinzi having appealed to Tenga to revisit the decision.

However, he said that if the committee sticks to its guns, then Malinzi and others will have to appeal to Fifa and Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) as the TFF committee has autonomy in its decisions.

“The appeals committee will review the decision tomorrow (today),” Tenga said, noting that those who were axed have option to appeal to Fifa’s Court of Arbitration (CAS) if the committee sticks into its decision.

Tenga who staged a press conference at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday afternoon, said that people should learn to respect TFF election rules and procedures.

He said that election procedures worked well at the beginning but were interrupted by the disqualified aspirants.

Concerning claims of Wambura who was disqualified in the vice president race, he said that he was communicating with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Seth Kamuhanda, to see if the claims were valid.

Wambura claimed that the constitution was illegal because election rules and regulations were registered before the approval of the TFF amended constitution.

The committee led by Idd Mtiginjola disqualified Malinzi and Wambura from the race on grounds that they do not meet the required criteria to stand for the post.

The committee asserted that Malinzi lacks five years experience in sports leadership.

Wambura was disqualified because he once took Simba officials to court, contrary to the Fifa constitution.

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY