Reading her prepared answer, Mukangara reported that the national team had won the East and Central Africa Challenge Cup five times while Simba and Yanga had each won the regional trophy once. It was at this juncture when the vividly irked Kinondoni MP (CCM) Idd Azzan rose from his seat and sought the deputy speaker’s blessings to rectify the data.
An avid sports fan, the MP stated correctly that Simba had in its cupboard six trophies, Yanga five and the Mainland team three. It was not immediately clear whether or not a typographical error was to blame for the misleading data. Honourable Mukangara was responding to a question by Mr Ahmed Juma Ngwali (Ziwani-CUF) who sought to know TFF achievements since its formation in 1930.
She listed some of the achievements as development of the sport all over the country by organising competitions, putting in place administration structures, and providing training to more than 10,000 experts in the fields of coaching, refereeing, sports medicine and administration.
In another development, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) George Mkuchika said it was in the interest of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to see its Isles counterpart, the Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) securing admission to the international soccer body, FIFA.
Mr Mkuchika, who previously held the culture and sports portfolio, said proof of TFF’s goodwill is its decision to channel its funds from FIFA towards the renovation of Gombani Stadium in Pemba. He was responding to a supplementary question by Ngwali who questioned the seriousness of TFF and challenged the body to change its name to Tanzania Mainland Football Federation, claiming it only served the Mainland side.