TFF appoints ‘big wigs’ to steer Taifa Stars  

14Oct 2020
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
TFF appoints ‘big wigs’ to steer Taifa Stars  

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has named a committee that will, among other things, supervise the activities of the senior national soccer team, Taifa Stars.

Jerry Muro

The commitee will also collaborate with Taifa Stars' technical team to facilitate all arrangements to ensure the team gets the best out of preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the finals of African Nations Championship (CHAN) slated for early next year in Cameroon.

The 15-member committee, which was confirmed on Tuesday morning, features some familiar faces present in Tanzanian football and business circles.

Ghalib Said Mohamed, president of GSM Group which sponsors Yanga, is the head of the committee with Simba SC’s board of directors' member Salim Abdallah ‘Try Again’ serving as his deputy.

Hersi Ally Said, Chief Investment Officer of the GSM Group is another big name on the committee who will serve as the secretary.

"Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president Wallace Karia has formed a Winning Committee for the national team Taifa Stars,'' read the federation's statement.

''The committee will be led by Ghalib Mohamed with Salim Abdallah deputising him. Hersi Said will serve as the Committee's secretary.”

"Abdallah Bin Kleb, Anitha Rwehumbiza, Beatrice Singano, Christine Manyenye, Farid Nahdi, and Feisal Abri will be helping them with information.''

"Others are Farough Baghozah, Haji Manara, Jerry Muro, Mohamed Nassor, Nandi Mwiyombella, Patrick Kahemele, and Philemon Ntahilaja.”

After almost a year without playing, Taifa Stars resumed with an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to neighbours, Burundi, at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, despite the hosts fielding a strong squad that included captain Mbwana Samatta and Simon Msuva.

Taifa Stars will lock horns with Tunisia in two vital Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November.

After two rounds of matches, Tanzania are placed third in Group J in the qualifiers for Cameroon 2022 showpiece with three points following a home win against Equatorial Guinea and an away loss to Libya.

Tunisia are in first place in the group with six points points followed by Libya who are second with three points.

Libya are ahead of Tanzania on the basis of the head-to-head rule while Equatorial Guinea are bottom with no point.

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