FOOTBALL Referees Association of Tanzania (FRAT) announced yesterday that it will work tirelessly to contain corrupt referees during this season’s Mainland Premier League.
This was said yesterday by FRAT Chairman Joseph Mapunda, during a press conference at the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) headquarters in Dar es Salaam.
“We are well prepared to end corruption and other irregularities facing referees in the country,” he said. “We have identified that there are many cases of corruption, which are directed towards referees and in turn lead to improper final decisions like match fixing,” he said.
Mapunda added: “Development of football cannot be achieved if we allow referees to embrace corruption, hence we will work hand in hand with the Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to contain the problem.”
In terms of improving efficiency, Mapunda said all referees in the country will be compelled to undergo weekly ‘Sunday Class’ to be conducted at FRAT Regional and District headquarters found countrywide.
He also disclosed that his association will continue to drill new upcoming referees drawn from Secondary Schools and Colleges, so as to contain the problem of inadequate referees in the country.
Additionally, Mapunda insisted that FRAT will strictly follow all ten fundamental principles of FIFA Fair Play, which he described as essential for improvement of soccer in and outside the country.
However, the FRAT boss reminded referees to engage themselves in various economic generation activities other than depending only on their profession.