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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006, 14:11 GMT
Tanzania slammed for 2008 plans
By Emmanuel Muga
BBC Sport, Dar es Salaam

Leodegart Tenga
Tenga says they have started looking for a foreign coach

Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete has criticized the country's federation for delaying preparations for the 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

With six months to the start of the qualifiers, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) is yet to hire a foreign coach, whose salary will be paid by the government.

"I told them (TFF) that I will pay the salary of a foreign coach but to date nobody has come to me with any plans concerning the hiring of a coach," Kikwete said.

"I have only heard them saying that Tanzania has been drawn in a tough group. They are just complaining instead of starting preparations." "They are waiting to make excuses when the team fails to qualify," he added.

Kikwete was meeting with officials of the ministry of information, culture and sports, when he made the remarks.

The TFF president Leodegart Tenga however said that they have started the process of looking for a foreign coach.

"We have already contacted two French coaches and we are waiting for their response."

"I have also been in touch with a coach in Britain as well but we are still waiting for them," he told BBC Sport.

"We have also written to Fifa asking them for a help in identifying a quality coach."

"Very soon we are going to have a coach in place and then start preparing," he added.

Tanzania qualified for their only Cup of Nations finals in 1980 in Nigeria and the head of state has offered to offer any support needed for the team to reach Ghana in 2008.

Tanzania are drawn in group seven against Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mozambique.


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