TFF opens proceedings against Yanga spokesman Manara 

04Jul 2022
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TFF opens proceedings against Yanga spokesman Manara 

​​​​​​​TANZANIA Football Federation (TFF) has announced that its Ethics Committee will open proceedings against Young Africans 'Yanga' spokesman, Haji Manara, over allegations of gross misconduct during Saturday’s Azam Sports Federation Cup final in Arusha.

Haji Manara

Manara is reported to have used offensive language to TFF president Wallace Karia before Yanga took on Coastal Union in the Federation Cup final which ended in a post-extra-time penalty shootout victory for the league champions.

In a short clip doing the rounds on social media, Manara is seen in a heated conversation with president Karia just before kick-off at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium.

On Sunday, Manara took to his Instagram page to comment on what had happened while denying allegations of insulting the TFF president.

He insisted he would pursue legal action against those peddling false stories to ruin his reputation and tarnish his brand.

Later on, TFF through a press release confirmed Manara has been charged before the Ethics Committee for gross misconduct.

“The Secretariat of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has filed a case against Young Africans club officer Haji Manara to the Ethics Committee for alleged misconduct,” read the press release.

“The Ethics Committee through its Chairman has already been notified of the complaint against Manara, so it will set a date for the hearing and the complainant will be notified.”

“TFF reminds football family members that they are bound by the rules and regulations of the game, so they need to be careful in their actions and statements about football.”

This is not the first time the former Simba SC spokesman finds himself in trouble.

Five years ago, the TFF independent Ethics Committee banned Manara from taking part in any football activity (administrative, sports, or any other) at both national and international levels for 12 months.

Manara was also fined 9m/- for gross misconduct but was later on pardoned.

In August last year, Manara controversially crossed from Simba SC to Yanga claiming that he was being taken for granted by the former where he worked for more than seven years as the club’s spokesperson.

The official disclosed: “I will work like a donkey, an institution becomes bigger because of the people and we are the people."

"Thank you Simba SC fans for supporting me when I was with you, but now it’s time to support the best team in East and Central Africa,” Manara said upon his unveiling at Jangwani Street side.

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