TFF officials take part in FIFA infrastructure improvement workshop

17May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
TFF officials take part in FIFA infrastructure improvement workshop

TANZANIA Football Federation (TFF) Secretary General, Wilfred Kidao, and the federation’s Director of Competitions, Salum Madadi, were in Malawi attending a workshop organized by the world soccer governing body, FIFA, known as Forward Infrastructure, which ended yesterday.

Tanzania Football Federation Competitions Director, Salum Madadi.

The two-day workshop, which was held for the first time in the continent, attracted 26 representatives from 15 African countries.

Kidao yesterday did not respond to a question when we requested for details on the workshop and how it will contribute to the development of football in the country.

However, press release from FIFA said, the workshop was aimed at emphasizing nations on how serious the world soccer governing body is in improving the fabric of the game through infrastructure development.

The world soccer governing body was represented by its facilities and income generating programs manager Daniel Krebs.

FIFA said, its council’s members, last year, voted for continued better improvement of the game, and said there is need for good infrastructure, but this cannot come without good advice.

It further says, infrastructure is the backbone of football development as you can have everything, which concerns football, but without space to play there is no football.

“Infrastructure is the back bone of football development, FIFA and its forward program is supporting all national associations, one critical part of this development is infrastructure, without pitches, stadiums, technical centers, FA headquarters its not possible,” said part of FIFA press release.

Some of the topics covered include building sustainable and accessible infrastructure that meet international standards, helping lead infrastructure projects professionally and efficiently and adopting best practices of infrastructure, natural grass pitches, artificial turf and sustainability.

The 26 delegates were from Eritrea, Egypt, Eswatini, Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Cape Verde and the hosts Malawi.

Others, who attended the workshop, are Thomas Speck who is the Infrastructure Consultant, Accessibility Consultant Jonna Deagle, and Ole Myhvoid who is playing surface consultant.

FIFA officials Florence Mahwera and Christine Game, who are DevelopmentOfficer and Development Coordinator respectively, as well took part in the workshop.

However, it is the wish of all sports loving people in the country to see TFF making use of the knowledge gained at the workshop.

The local football governing body, currently, is one of the few associations in the continent that have no tangible assets of their own, apart from owning its head quarters and a ground (Karume Stadium) in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam.

The body has no any other infrastructure of its own, it moreover depends on government and stadia belonging to other institutions.

The federation also hires halls and other facilities when it is hosting international events.

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