By Habakuki Urio
Vodacom Premier League (VPL) resume next weekend after international break, now fans will be happy again.
Next weekend the league will resume as Simba SC who are in the top of table of the league they will play away when against Prisons at Sokoine Stadium in Mbeya.
Simba they will play the second away game after won 1-0 at the same venue at round nine.
Yanga SC who placed themselves at number three of the table, they will play at Uhuru Stadium against Mbeya City after 1-1 draw on round nine against Singida United at Namfua Stadium.
In all of nine round number of events have happened in various venue, and every team has emerged with claims.
Referees is now a huge challenge worldwide even in developed countries. I has asked myself is it real that referees are unable to cope with the speed of football technology in modern football?
Last Sunday Taifa Stars played Benin in FIFA Calendar match but what referee do is amazing. He Awarded a penalty to Benin while Benin defender was the one who handed the ball. Nevertheless he failed to award a clear penalty to Simon Msuva.
In the Premier league when Arsenal played Manchester City referee awarded a clean offside goal to Man City.
That's is how it is, but in VPL the story is different is not because of technology or speed of the football rather, VPL referee real came in the pitch with results in their pockets.
Mbeya City has complained that in their last game versus Simba, Shiza Kichuya who scored only goal for Simba was off side. So referee tried to weakened the home side.
Few days ago Simba Information Officer, Haji Manara told journalist that Simba have wrote a letter to Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB), to complain on how referees mistreated Simba in various matches especially in derby match when they play Yanga at 1-1 draw.
Manara showed a video to journalist proved on how referee Harry Sasii failed to award Simba two penalties due to fouls committed by Kevin Yondan and Papy Kabamba.
Azania post will take a look on referees performance on Dar es Salaam derby matches.
On October 1, 2016, referee Martin Sanya and line one Samuel Mpenzu was burned for two years due to poor performance in the derby match.
Alongside with burning of referees, the 72 hours board league committee withdraw Jonas Mkude red card adding that the player was innocent.
Sanya agreed a Yanga goal which was scored by Amis Tambwe after receiving a ball with hand, but also hedenied a open goal for Simba, scored by Kichuya saying was offside.
The same season at the second leg of the league played on February 25 Simba won2-1.
Referee Mathew Akrama awarded a red card to Simba defender Janvier Bokungu and also award a penalty to Yanga. He managed well the game under 17 FIFA football federation.
Referees decisions have lead to huge destruction in the stadium and other time have cost the life of fans.
Retired President Ali Hassan Mwinyi was in danger in the derby match on 2002 when Simba won 4-1 at Tusker Final tournament match.
Referee Abdulkaadir Omar was in poor performance . Simbas' Madaraka Suleiman scored a goal at 32 minutes but before he scored he handled the ball intentionally.
March 5 2011, referee Orden Mbaga put his own record of poor performance in derby matches. At 58 minutes of the match, Simba defender Juma Nyosso committed a foul to Davies Mwape and referee awarded a penalty to Yanga but he failed to award a red card to Nyosso.
In the 73 minutes Simba equalized a goal through Musa Mgosi but Mbaga denied a goal with no reasons.
Aprili 19, 2009 Jerry Tegete Scored equalizing goal through hand that made 2-2 draw at National Stadium, but a referee agreed with a goal.
TFF should put special efforts in referees otherwise referee will kill our football, VPL referees are failed totally to translate 17 FIFA football regulations.