The Minister categorically said the government cannot single out the national soccer team, Taifa Stars to back its preparations and keep at bay the rest of the national teams across the nation.
Nnauye was responding to a supplementary query posed by Venance Mwamoto, a Member of Parliament for (Kilolo-CCM). Mwamoto, a former soccer player with Majimaji FC, queried why the government is not financing preparations of the national football team in an effort to step up its performance at international stage. “We cannot allocate funds to support all the national teams”, Nnauye said.
According to the MP, the national team ‘Taifa Stars’ performs poor in various competitions due to poor preparations that are caused by lack of funds. Nnauye said the government is now encouraging private sector to support sports.
He said it is the responsibility of The Tanzania Football Federations (TFF) to improve the country’s soccer. However, Taifa Stars is one of the highly privileged teams having secured hefty sponsorship from the Tanzania Breweries Limited besides annual FIFA injections in excess of $250,000.
The question of lack of funds holds no water at the moment but rather incompetence and poor organisation is what makes the team to flop with increased frequency. In related development, the Minister also instructed the TFF and ZFA to cooperate such that Zanzibar will be involved in FIFA affairs as well.
He said the request by Zanzibar between 2005 and 2011 for FIFA membership were rejected on grounds that it is part of Tanzania, and not a sovereignty state. According to FIFA, Zanzibar is ineligible to participate in the World Cup competitions.