Football in the country is not improving due to lack of academies, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) media officer, Boniface Wambura, said recently.
Speaking with this paper recently, Wambura said all football power houses in the world have well organized football academies, but the situation is different in the country where there are very few sports’ academies.
Wambura was speaking this in reference to the quarter-final qualification of Sudan at the ongoing AFCON. He said the Sudanese teams have qualified because they have well organized youth football academies and strategies.
He said TFF have plans to have many sports academies in the country but lacks funds to run them.
“We have been harboring ambitions to establish many academies in the country but the federation does not have enough funds to run the academies,” he said
Wambura also said the Sudan’s league is very competitive and they have very few but competitive foreign players in the league.
The TFF media officer said unlike in Tanzania, Sudan football clubs employ foreign players who are very good and can help local players improve their standard of play.
He said local Premier League teams are reluctant to tap in talents from rural and upcountry areas, saying it’s very expensive to develop talents.
“Our Premier League teams have been reluctant to tap in talents from rural areas, claiming that the process is very expensive but they prefer to go for foreign players who, in most cases, have nothing to offer to our soccer development. To me, this is killing our soccer development,” he said.
Wambura said for the country to progress in football and qualify in the future international tournaments there is a need to have youth leagues which can help to supply Premier League teams with young players.