Govt opens debate on foreign soccer players' number in VPL

14May 2020
Faustine Feliciane
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt opens debate on foreign soccer players' number in VPL

THE government, through the National Sports Council (NSC), has officially opened a debate on the number of foreign football players needed in Tanzanian outfits.

Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe

Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, recently revealed the government is willing to see local football sides recruit not more than five foreign professionals.

Domestic football stakeholders have been given chance to issue recommendations on the issue.

Neema Msita, NSC Acting Secretary General, pointed out the council has already started getting the recommendations from the sport's stakeholders on the issue.

She said the council will later on present the recommendations to government for final decision.

"We on Monday officially opened doors to the stakeholders to present recommendations. We expect the process will end soon,'' she disclosed.

She pointed out the NSC will start working on the recommendations as per the government's say.

"There will be a technical committee which will review the recommendations before presenting them to Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, we want to get the recommendations from plenty of stakeholders and settle for the right decision.''

Neema disclosed the government's say in the matter will benefit domestic soccer.

The Mainland Premier League's regulations stipulate each of the top flight sides should recruit 10 foreign professionals.

The regulations are reportedly frustrating domestic players from effectively displaying their potential as the foreign professionals dominate their respective sides' line ups.

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