TFF suspends e-ticketing

13Mar 2016
Somoe Ng'itu
Guardian On Sunday
TFF suspends e-ticketing

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has said that the planned electronic ticketing system will start early next league season.

Jamal Malinzi

TFF president Jamal Malinzi made that assertion yesterday when addressing delegates to the body’s annual general meeting in Tanga, noting that electronic ticketing will also be used in international soccer matches.

The statement disowned the government directive which demanded that TFF starts implementing e-ticketing during the ongoing premier league run.

The Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports directed TFF to use the system as soon as possible.

Malinzi said that it would not be easy to use the system immediately as it had demonstrated quite a number of shortfalls and could not be put into use on the basis of current preparations and facilities.

Malinzi said TFF had already outsourced preparations for viable e-ticketing and its eventual implementation to a company working closely with CRDB Bank to ease the prevailing problems.

“Electronic tickets will start being in use in August when the new league season kicks off,” Malinzi declared, noting further that the women and under-20 leagues will also start in that month.

He said TFF was in the last stage of negotiations with sponsors of the two leagues, with the next Federation Cup run expected to attract 90 teams instead of 64 teams which competed in this year’s edition.

Last season, the TFF initiated a shift to electronic ticketing in venues but the exercise failed owing to system failure and aversion to risk in some quarters.

E-ticketing devices were fitted in the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya, Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga, Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba, CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza, Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro, Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Stadium (Tabora) and Azam Complex (Dar es Salaam).

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