Loga warns of ‘Bagamoyo Declaration’ consequences

Simba head coach Zdravko Logarusic has warned that the ‘Bagamoyo Declaration’ which, among other things, requires clubs to have only three foreign players, will affect the standard of soccer in the country.

The Bagamoyo Declaration was a result of a seminar held in 2007 in Bagamoyo involving Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), Mainland premiership clubs and stakeholders which recommended each Premier League team to register a maximum of three foreign players.

The current rules allow a maximum of five foreigners but proponents of the declaration are arguing that locals are restricted to the bench by the foreign imports, thus, the national team tends to suffer as a result of clubs fielding foreigners.

The decision was to be implemented this season but was postponed until next Premier League season.

Speaking with The Guardian from Zanzibar yesterday, the Croatian tactician said the argument is non-starter and may cause soccer in the country to suffer.
“I think they believe that limiting foreigners would give locals chances to play, they did not look at its consequences. In Kenya, each team sign up to six foreigners,” said Logarusic.

“You can’t perform well in international tournaments if you limit a number of foreigners. You must have experienced players in your team,” said the former Gor Mahia coach.

Several Premier League have foreign players.
Mainland giants Simba and Yanga each have five players and will be forced to release some of them.

Yanga have Emmanuel Okwi and Hamis Kiiza from Uganda, Didier Kavumbagu (Burundi), and Haruna Niyonzima ‘Fabregas’ and Mbuyu Twite (Rwanda) while Simba have Yaw Berko (Ghana), Joseph Owino (Uganda), Donald Mosoti (Kenya), and Gilbert Kaze and Amisi Tambwe (Burundi).

This year’s CAF Federation Cup representatives Azam FC also have four foreign players in their squad. The players are Humphrey Mieno from Kenya who is on the way to join Sofapaka, Brian Umony (Uganda), and Mouhamed Kone and twins Kipre Tchetche and Kipre Balou (Ivory Coast).

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