Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) information officer Boniface Wambura

FIFA’s introduction of the goal-line technology is most likely to bring shockwaves to the football associations at a global scale, the Tanzania Football Federation, TFF.

The introduction of the proposed goal-line technology would certainly involve allocation of funds to meet the purchase tags of the European- based equipment manufacturers.

TFF information officer Boniface Wambura said in an exclusive interview that the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has come into a proposal for introduction of the move at the end of its general meeting held in Zurich last year.

All federation members should carry out a trail project this year and the TFF has been caught on a wrong foot in terms of financial commitments to meet the obligation.

Wambura said the technology is expensive to be adopted as already the British firm which manufactures the machine is selling to members of FIFA at half million Euros.

He said TFF will make a cost analysis of the technology application and submit it to FIFA so that the body can discuss it at its next meeting.

“We will submit the cost analysis to FIFA at the next annual general assembly to see how they can help us in implementing the technology,” said Wambura.

He said the technology will not prejudice the authority of the referee, but instead it will just add clarity and avoid controversies.

According to FIFA website, the federation is talking to nine potential supplies who have conducted test to meet its criteria.

The criteria include being able to deliver the results to the referee within a fraction of a second after the action.

Introduction of the goal-line technology is a new development in the football game that aims to counter controversies and confusions resulting from human error in decision making.

The debate on goal-lone technology has been going on around the globe for several years but it reached its height during the 2010 World Cup staged in South Africa for the first time in history.

England football officials and fans are strongly backing the introduction after being affected by controversies during the previous World Cup.

England that won the only World Cup in 1966, think the controversies resulting from referee’s decisions in allowing or disallowing a goal might halt their strong quest to win the global soccer award in Brazil 2014.

By By Joseph Mchekadona, The Guardian



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