Manara charged over Malinzi comments

Simba’s Head of Information and Communications, Haji Manara


The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has charged Simba official Haji Manara with misconduct over allegations he leveled against the federation’s leadership recently.

Manara on Wednesday accused TFF management under Jamal Malinzi of conspiring against his club regarding ongoing regulatory dispute pitting Simba and Kagera Sugar, over ‘erroneous’ fielding of Mohamed Fakhi when the two teams met in a league match.

The Simba’s Head of Information and Communications said his club smelled rat in the way the matter was being worked, claiming there was a possible sabotage from some officials who are loyal to their rival club, Young Africans.

Manara, who called for Malinzi’s resignation, urged the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to investigate the whole case and clear the air.

He specifically hit out at Malinzi, claiming the TFF boss has been interfering with other independent organs within the federation in forcing decisions that favour their rivals.

Expectedly, Manara’s remarks have riled the TFF hierarchy and now he faces the body’s wrath with the federation confirming yesterday, he would be charged for his comments.

A statement issued by the country’s football governing body said Manara’s comments bleached TFF rules, and tarnished its image before the general public.

“The Tanzania Football Federation has charged Simba spokesperson with disciplinary charges and will be referred to the disciplinary committee. Today, (yesterday) he will be notified of his charges and exactly when and where the hearing will be conducted,” read the TFF statement.

“Every member of the Tanzanian football fraternity should respect and observe disciplinary regulations of the federation as articulated in the body’s various governing rules.

“In order to preserve the respect of the game, members of the football fraternity in fulfilling the requirements of TFF disciplinary regulations must obey and follow all procedures on and off the pitch,” the TFF insisted in the statement.

TFF said while football stakeholders were free to advice, make suggestions and criticise, all should be done in a good manner in order to maintain the respect of the game.

The ongoing dispute between Simba and Kagera Sugar, arose after the latter objected the decision of the federation’s TFF Committee of 72 hours to award Simba three points after the club won their appeal against Kagera Sugar for fielding Mohamed Fakhi, allegedly on three yellow cards.

Simba lost the match 2-1 at the Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba.

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