CANDIDATES vying for top positions at the Saturday’s Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) in Dodoma launched their campaigns with a bang yesterday, promising massive transformation in the country’s soccer body.
Interim president Wallace Karia said he will focus on transparency, accountability, trustworthy and development, while Mulamu Nghambi, who is eyeing vice-president post is adamant on efficiency in management.
Immediately after the green light sparked to mark the beginning of campaigns yesterday, Karia called a press conference at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam where he assured the public that many years he spent at TFF have strongly enabled him to learn many things of which he described as catalyst for his transformation of the football body once voted as the president of the federation.
“If I will be selected as president of TFF in Saturday’s general elections, I will build everlasting relationship between the federation members and the World Sports Governing body (FIFA) together with the government,” Karia said.
He named his priorities as discipline within the federation, youth development, improvement of women soccer, financial discipline, infrastructure development, availability of equipments, efficiency in the Board League as well as cooperation with sports stakeholders.
Also, Mulamu Nghambi, who is contesting for the federation’s vice presidential seat, spoke with members of media at Tanzania Information Services in the city and insisted that his 18 years of experience in football related issues, has made him the right candidate for the post.
“I want to declare here that once I get the opportunity to become the TFF vice president, I will work closely with various sports stakeholders to make sure that together, we uplift the level of football in the country,” Nghambi said.
He added: “Having cordial work relationships with the president who will be elected and members of the executive committee will be my top priorities.”
“My short, mid and longterm programmes will be to conceal all loopholes that lead to the mismanagement of the federation’s funds as well as to transparently declare how the football body is using its income. I will also ensure that we form good cooperation with countries which have prospered in their domestic leagues in order to learn from them,” Nghambi said.
In terms of mid and longterm programs, the Vice president contender said he will propose to increase the number of teams competing in Vodacom Premier League from the current 16 to 20 teams a system he described as beneficial economically to TFF and regions where such teams come from.