A domestic expert in Club Licensing, Saad Kawemba, has advised Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to give clubs more time before starting implementing the requirements of Club Licensing.
Kawemba issued the comments after TFF through its president Wallace Karia had recently announced that the country will fully start implementing requirements of Club Licensing next season.
Some of the requirements of Club Licensing need clubs to have strong financial backing, youth teams, own infrastructure and sound administration.
Karia said teams which will not adhere to the requirements will not be given license to compete in the Mainland Premier League, First Division League (FDL) and Second Division League (SDL).
The biggest challenge which local clubs are facing at the moment is that they are not financially stable and also they do not have infrastructures of their own.
However, Kawemba said many local elite clubs are not financially stable and they need to be empowered financially by, among other things, knowing how to generate their own income.
He suggested that TFF should give elite clubs a grace period of three to five years before fully starting implementing the Club Licensing.
Kawemba also said TFF should start implementing Club Licensing with lower league clubs.
“It will be difficult for our local clubs to start implementing the Club Licensing, many of them are not financially stable, we have seen some elite clubs fail to pay hotel fees,’’ he disclosed.
“I think this should start from lower leagues so that when they are promoted to the elite league they are well prepared and ready for Club Licensing,”he said.
The TFF had passed resolution to adopt the Club Licensing at a conference, which took place in Bagamoyo, Coast Region in 2007.
Kawemba said the country has taken time to fully implement Club Licensing due to lack of consistency in outfits’ leadership.
“As you can see nearly all leaders of clubs who attended the conference in Bagamoyo in 2007 are not there, they all left the clubs, this to me is the problem which has delayed implementation of Club Licensing,” he said.
The announcement by TFF was welcomed by Soccer Players Union (Sputanza) chairman Mussa Kisoki who disclosed that his office has 30 cases of players either complaining or demanding their salaries or signing fees they have to be paid by their present or former clubs.
He disclosed that nearly all Premier League teams, with the exception of Simba SC and Azam FC, have financial arrears with either their former or current players.
“The announcement by TFF that all teams which have arrears with players, technical panels and supporting staff will not play in the coming league is welcome,’’ he disclosed.
‘’To Sputanza, players are entitled to get their dues,”he was quoted as saying in an interview with a local radio station yesterday.
According to the world football governing body (FIFA)if a player is not paid his or her dues for a period of three month he or she becomes a free agent.
In Tanzania, though, the situation is different as many players,coaches and supporting staff go more than three months without getting their salaries and other benefits.
They nevertheless choose not to complain to relevant authorities.