Dar es Salaam. The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) in collaboration with police will put a water-tight security at the National Stadium during Sunday’s match between Simba and Algeria’s ES Setif, it has been revealed.
Simba, the only local team still bidding for success in the Africa club competitions, were yesterday busy fine-tuning for the Confederation Cup second round, first leg match. TFF acting secretary general Sunday Kayuni said yesterday that the police would beef up security at the ultra-modern venue before and during the anxiously awaited encounter.
“Anybody who thinks he can use the opportunity of Sunday’s match to disturb peace will be doing so at his or her own peril,” warned Kayuni.
He said the number of policemen inside and around the stadium would be increased, and checkpoints will be set up at the venue’s gates to search for prohibited materials.The TFF official said they have been assured by the police force that some of the plain clothes officers would be on the stands together with spectators and that no unauthorized presence in the stadium would be permitted during or after the game.
There have been constant security lapses during matches involving Simba and their arch-rivals Young Africans in recent days.A week or so ago, the TFF league committee slapped a Sh5 million fine on Yanga following destruction of seats at the National Stadium by the club’s supporters during their Premier League match against Azam FC on March 10.
The federation also suspended five Yanga players for their involvement in the violent incident that ensued during the match Yanga lost 3-1 to the big spenders.
Earlier, the TFF had fined Simba Sh5 million to cover the damage of seats caused by their fans during their Confederation Cup return leg tie against Kiyovu of Rwanda.It also instructed the two clubs to educate their fans on the importance of maintaining law and order.
Kayuni yesterday asked the fans to turn up at the National Stadium in large numbers on Sunday to accord Simba the support they need to beat the Algerians.Meanwhile, Simba and Yanga have so far paid a total of Sh6.7 million to TFF following violent incidents that ensued during their recent matches.
The money is part of a Sh10 million fine the national soccer body slapped on the two clubs. They are required to pay Sh5 million each. Kayuni confirmed yesterday that Simba and Yanga have paid Sh4 million and Sh2.7 million, respectively.