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By Israel Saria on April 10, 2009

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has said it will request assistance from the World’s Soccer governing body FIFA, to correctly re-install the artificial turf at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam. The pitch of the formerly National Stadium has been transformed with artificial turf being installed last year.

However, it has emerged that since the FIFA sponsored artificial turf was laid, the venue remains unsuitable to host matches during rainy seasons, because the drainage system has completely failed to work. Several league matches have been cancelled because the venue always turns to a mere fishpond, whenever it rains heavily.

TFF President Leodegar Tenga said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the Federation was planning to inform FIFA to rectify the problem. “We are aware of the problem. It’s really disturbing but we are making efforts to find a lasting solution, to ensure that the ground is suitable to host matches all seasons,” said Tenga.

The government closed the venue in April last year to pave way for the major turn around, that was supervised by an expert form Netherlands, Leedert Van Dergreft. Apart from Uhuru Stadium which is one the oldest venues in the country, the expert also helped lay the artificial turf at the Karume Sports Complex, both in Dar es Salaam.

However, the Karume Stadium does not experience the problem. The programme to lay artificial turf in the venues followed the FIFA proposal to up lift the standard of the facilities, to enable them be used for warm-up and tune-up matches, prior to the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament to be held in South Africa.

Thirteen African countries, including Tanzania were sorted out by an agreement struck between FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) earlier last year, to provide soccer pitches where qualified teams will warm up and tune up for the World Cup. FIFA agreed to finance the change-over of the then existing natural turf of grass into artificial turf of fibres, so as to enable the existing venue to last longer.

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Israel Saria

For the last six years I have been working as a football pundit with the BBC Swahili Service. This experience has provided me with a very useful insight into football and the opportunity to carry out extensive research into the game including its players, the stadiums, the rules and tactics and I have also been grateful to meet a wide range of people connected to football in the UK .....

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  • Mtembezi Kibona

    Habari Ndugu,

    Nasikitika Bw. Nchimbi John kuwania nafasi ya Makamu MwenyekIti wa TFF. Kijana huyu hana uwezo wa kusimamia mchezo wa Football Tanzania tena katika nafasi nyeti kama hiyo.

    Nimefurahishwa na maoni na uchambuzi wa Gazeti la Mwananchi siku ya leo tarehe 8 Februari 2010. Ni kweli kijana hana wezo na inawezekana ametumwa kusambaratisha TFF na mafisadi.

    Aidha, ieleweke kuwa hajaacha kazi Mamlaka ya Majisafi na Majitaka Mjini Moshi [MUWSA] ila ALIFUKUZWA Baada ya kubainika kuwa na uchonganishi baina ya MUWSA na wadau wake KUPITIA GAZETI HILI LA MWANANCHI!!!!! Ninafikiri mumshauri akawanie nafasi ndani ya Chama cha Mafisadi na si mprira wetu jamani!!!

    Waasaalaam,

    Bw. Kibona Mtembezi
    Arusha

  • NAZAEL

    Nasikitishwa na kitendo cha chama cha mpira Mkoa wa Arusha kuingiza timu kwenye ligi yaMkoa wakati haijacheza ligi ya wilaya kwa kisingizio kwamba wamepata baraka kutoka Tff Taifa jehili liko sahihi naomba muongozo kwa hili katibu mkuu wa TFF TAIFA eti wanadai kwamba timu hiyo ya ARUSHA MEAT imepata nafasi hiyo baada ya kukata rufaa huko kwenu ki ukweli hapa Arusha tunaburutwa sana na watawala wa Mpira haswa huyu katibu msaidizi wa ADFA GERARD tunaomba msahada wenu TFF taifa,

    Wako,
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