Dar es Salaam. Former vice president of Tanzania Football Federation Wallace Karia has been elected the new leader of the football governing body in Tanzania.
Karia beat five other candidates after collecting a total of 95 votes out of 128 to take the post for the next four years.
The other candidates with their votes in brackets include: Ali Mayay (9), Shija Richard (9), Emmanuel Kimbe (1), Iman Madega (8) and Frederick Mwakalebela (3).
In the post of vice president, Michael Wambura got 85 votes beating three others. The losers are: Robert Selasela (2), Mtemi Ramadhan (14) and Mulamu Ng’hambi (25).
It is for the first time in the history of Tanzania football, Sarah Chao, the only woman was elected as TFF executive committee member representing Zone 4 made up of Manyara and Arusha regions.
The new leaders were sworn to hold the posts yesterday by National Sports Council (NSC) secretary general Mohamed Kiganja at St Gaspar’s Hotel in Dodoma.
Meanwhile, the government has urged the new elected Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to respect the constitution and be transparent in their four-year term that starts immediately.
The government also urged the TFF new leaders to focus on the development of the game that has for years made no progress.
NSC boss said the government would like to see the new leaders take the Tanzani’s football into the next level of the development while focusing on the rules and regulations governing the game.
He said the game was facing many challenges and Tanzanians would like to see the country football excel internationally.
“We are now struggling to make the country qualify in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), World Cup and other competitions involving youth and women football. We qualified for the U-17 African Championships in Gabon that is not enough as more than 50 million people want to see massive development in the game,” said Kiganja.
Kiganja said the new TFF leaders have an arduous task to make sure the game is attaining the highest development like other countries have been attained so far.