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Tanzania’s Afcon bid increases Sports Ministry budget by more than 700 percent

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s preparations to host the 2027 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) final, including the development of other sectors, have led to a 705 percent increase in the budget of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports.

This was revealed on Thursday, May 23, 2024, by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Sports, Damas Ndumbaro, while presenting his ministry’s budget of Sh285.3 billion for the 2024/2025 financial year, compared to the budget of Sh35.4 billion by the end of 2023./Financial year 2024, as the increase has been Sh249.8 billion.

Ndumbaro confirmed that Sh11 billion has been allocated in the budget for salaries, up from Sh9.6 billion allocated in the 2023/2024 budget, and other expenditure amounting to Sh15 billion, down from Sh13 billion in the budget. of the last fiscal year.

The budget has also allocated Sh258 billion for development projects, while Sh11 billion was allocated in the last budget.

He said Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda will co-host the final of Africa’s premier football tournament through the Pamoja bid, which must meet the criteria of African football’s governing body (CAF).

According to the minister, Tanzania has the responsibility of building a new state-of-the-art stadium to be called Samia Suluhu Hassan Stadium in Arusha, as well as renovating the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium and other training grounds which will involve huge sums of money. money.

In addition to the sports sector, the ministry also plans to invest in the culture and arts sector to achieve significant national development.

“Following the many important responsibilities that the ministry has to shoulder, especially considering that in 2027 the countries of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda will co-host the Afcon final, the government was supposed to begin preparations in 2023,” Ndumbaro said. .

Apart from that, Ndumbaro said Tanzania has so far achieved significant sports development on the continent.

He explained that the qualification of football giants, Young African (Yanga) and Simba SC for the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League is a significant development of football in the country.

“Yanga and Simba have made history in East and Central Africa and have also made Tanzania the first country to send two teams to the competition,” he said.

According to Ndumbaro, the qualification of the national women’s football team (Twiga Stars) for the CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco, the qualification of JKT Queens from the Cecafa zone for the CAF Champions League, as well as the Taifa Stars qualification for Afcon finals is an indication that Tanzania has achieved significant development in football under the presidency of Samia Suluhu Hassan.

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