Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura

Ethiopian referees are expected to officiate at the first leg match of the preliminary round of this year’s African Champions League between Yanga SC and Zamalek of Egypt, penned for February 18, Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has revealed.

TFF Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, said the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Bamlack Tessema to serve as the match’s referee and will be assisted by Yilma Knife and Mussie Kindie.  Tanzanian Waziri Sheha, will be the fourth official while Malawian Charles Kafatia, will be the match commissioner.

Yanga will host Zamalek at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in what promises to be a tough assignment for the former and nothing but victory will put the Tanzanians in better position in their campaign. Beating Zamalek, though, looks a tall order to both Yanga technical bench and the team’s fans given that Yanga have had less impressive preparations towards the match.

Yanga, according to the team’s head coach, Kostadin Papic, failed to train for almost a week prior to the team’s participation in the Mapinduzi Cup played in Zanzibar early this month because of, among others, financial constraints.

The team’s leadership, though, sprang into action and settled the matter but it was hardly surprising to see the Jangwani Street side crash out of the quarterfinals in Mapinduzi Cup considering it had extremely few days to prepare for the event.

Yanga’s participation in the Mapinduzi Cup, nevertheless, gave Papic and the rest of the technical bench an opportunity to assess the players’ performance and the team’s spell in the next few assignments in the Mainland Premier League will further serve as useful drills for the players.

Meanwhile, TFF has insisted that it was regularly contacting Yanga during the hearing of the complaints lodged by the club’s former Kenyan defender, John Njoroge, at the world soccer governing body, FIFA, in which the player was demanding compensation after Yanga had prematurely ended its contract with him.

Njoroge demanded that he should be paid a total of 17,159,800/- entitled to him after Yanga had prematurely terminated the contract and FIFA ruled in his favour, in which the world soccer governing body ordered Yanga to pay the player within 30 days after the ruling.

TFF Secretary General, Angetile Osiah, said the federation was sending Yanga all letters from FIFA on the case, adding that TFF had been working closely with FIFA on the issue. Osiah’s statement, therefore, quashed comments issued by Yanga Secretary General, Mwesigwa Celestine, on Wednesday this week, in which the latter claimed that he had yet to receive any letter from FIFA on Njoroge’s case.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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