February 25, 2024

Simba Queens awarded win and 3 points for forfeited JKT game

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Simba Queens’ postponed match against JKT Queens has been deemed a forfeit by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Women’s committee.

Simba Queens will earn the victory and three points for the match, which was originally scheduled for January 8 but postponed because hosts JKT Queens did not show up.

Under FIFA rules, the opponent of a team that forfeits a game is given a 3-0 victory and three points in the league standings.

Hosts JKT Queens protested the change of venue from their preferred home base of Major General Isamuhyo stadium in Mbweni to Chamazi Complex. They argued that the change of venue did not adhere to league regulations.

According to multiple reports, TFF had instructed all the Dar teams to use Chamazi Complex as demanded by broadcasting partner, Azam Media.

Despite attending the pre-match meeting they did not show up at Chamazi where Simba Queens and match officials turned up for the league game.

TFF announced on Sunday that JKT Queens has been fined three million shillings (3,000,000) and deducted five points after the Women’s Football Committee satisfied proved that the team received information about its game against Simba Queens that was supposed to be played on January 8, 2024 at Azam Complex, Chamazi.

The TFF’s statement read: “The committee is satisfied beyond doubt that JKT Queens Club received information about the relevant game to be played at Azam Complex, Chamazi before the day of the game and on the day of the game on January 8, 2024.”

“During the match preparation meeting (MCM), the Chairman of the Session reminded all parties about the venue and time. After going through the match information, the Committee has deducted JKT Queens  five points and slapped a fine of sh. three million (3,000,000/-) in accordance with Rule 32.1-3 of the Women’s Premier League 2023 Edition.”

“The Committee has awarded Simba Queens team three points  and three goals in accordance with Rule 18:45 of the Women’s Premier League Edition 2023. The Committee has also banned the Secretary General of JKT Queens, Duncan Maliyabwana from being involved in football activities for a period of twelve (12) months in accordance with Rule 32:1.5 of the Women’s Premier League Edition 2023.”

Before the points deduction, JKT Queens led the table with 21 points from seven games, two more than second placed Simba. They now drop to second place level on points with CEASIAA Queens but boasting a superior goal difference.

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