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The artificial turf specialist will spend three days in Tanzania inspecting the Kaitaba and Nyamagana stadia in Bukoba and Mwanza respectively prior to the implementation of the artificial turf project for the two venues.

According to a statement issued by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), McClemen visited the Kaitaba Stadium and will proceed to Mwanza to inspect the historic Nyamagana.

After completing his task, he will submit his report to FIFA, who will appoint a contractor to carry out the project. The installation of an artificial turf at the two venues will be done under FIFA’s Goal Project.

A FIFA citation says the objective of the Nyamagana project aims to improve the region’s football facilities and reduce maintenance costs, mainly water and mowing.

It also seeks to enable players to get accustomed to artificial turf surfaces and support the league and enable matches to take place in an adequate environment.

The completion of the project will increase the number of stadia laid with artificial turfs in the country to five.

The other venues include the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Gombani Stadium in Pemba and Amaan Stadium in Unguja.

Early this year, TFF President Jamal Malinzi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project with Mwanza City Mayor Stanislaus Mabula and the City Executive Director Halipha Hida for the project.

The signing ceremony was also witnessed by the TFF executive committee member Ramadhan Nasibu, who heads the Audit and Finance Committee and other federation officials.

Malinzi said that installation of the artificial turf was one of the projects that target to upgrade the historical stadium to allow it to host both national and international events.

Mwanza has reportedly contributed 112m/- out of 800m/- budgeted for the whole project.

Hida believes after the facelift, the Nyamagana venue will be able to host national events like U-17 youth tournament and even women’s U-20 events.

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