Blatter then informed the members of the Union of European Football Associations that football associations around the world would sign the agreement by May this year.
The players who have been told they will benefit from the deal are all those who have played for national teams and clubs in FIFA recognized games.
It is worth remembering that injuries to players on the field of play are common and in the same year that FIFA emphasized health insurance.
Fabrice Muamba, a former English Bolton Wanderers footballer, underwent heart treatment in London after he passed out on the pitch while serving his side against Tottenham Hotspurs.
Club doctor Jonathan Tobin was quoted as saying that Muamba was “out of breath” for 78 minutes when he was rushed to the hospital and that his recovery was miraculous.
It was the efforts of the doctors that saved Muamba, he was sure of the treatment.
Many athletes in Tanzania have faced similar incidents in soccer roles.
Some receive treatment and recover, but others face the challenge of receiving treatment due to the lack of money and health insurance to help them during that time.
Many clubs in Tanzania do not have a system of health insurance for their players and some have openly allowed it, making it difficult for players to access medical treatment.
Although the Mainland Premier League rules, in one of its components, require their players to purchase health insurance, many footballers say they do not have access to such services as part of their employment.
“If there is a club that does not do this, action should be taken and held accountable,” said Almas Kasongo, Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB).
A large percentage of clubs, especially Premier League clubs, do not offer such services to players and this does not seem to be the focus.
On condition of anonymity, players from various clubs state that they have never received health insurance in their entire career.
“The contract says the club should give me health insurance, but I’ve never had it,” said one of Yanga’s players.
“If you are injured while taking responsibility for the team, the club will take care of you and nothing else,” says the footballer.
Another Biashara United player says the contract he signed with the club contains a medical clause but he has not received any health insurance.
A Kinondoni Municipal Council FC player says the footballers’ contracts contain a health insurance clause, but they were never offered this service despite receiving treatment after injuring themselves at work.
“Health insurance for our team is included in the contracts, but it is on the paperwork because in reality we are not given even though if we are injured in team responsibility they treat us until we have fully recovered,” he says.
While service is a fundamental right of these players and they have the potential to sue clubs, many players say that if the teams oppose it for fear of ruining their future, they don’t take action.
“We just noticed it. The club has to take out health insurance for its players,” reveals Kasongo.
He says the TPLB only oversees the football teams, but all clubs should be bound by players’ contracts and health insurance documents.
“I don’t know the implications, but if the club doesn’t do that, action should be taken,” said Kasongo.
He says the player who is an employee is the person who should take action against his employer.
The TPLB official points out: “He can sue the team either in court or at the Tanzanian Football Association, it depends on the context in which the matter is, because if the club does not take out health insurance and a player takes out a contract.” then that’s a mistake. ”
He reveals: “The player has the right to take out insurance and to question himself if the club does not adhere to it, as health insurance should generally be provided, so it is the responsibility of the player to claim it and not to wait until they’re injured. ”
Yanga is one of the clubs that does not have a health insurance system for their players.
Former Yanga General Secretary Haji Mfikirwa admits that his club does not provide any service to the players despite insisting that they recognize the importance of providing the service to the players.
“We are in the process of giving it away. We have had discussions with health insurers that have a system to provide opportunities for athletes,” Mfikirwa notes.
“So our club will also intervene in the process of changing the club’s governance and when it is completed our players will join the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).”
Mtibwa Sugar’s chief executive officer Swabri Aboubakar says players will be treated the same as other employees at the company, so anyone recruited by the site must have health insurance.
“The players are also employees of the company so they have to be insured, they are employees like the rest of the institution,” noted Aboubakar, which means that players are also insured.
Hassan Juma, Polisi Tanzania Information Officer, says that starting this season every member of the team will have health insurance, and this is due to the lessons they learned from the predicament of their player Gerald Mdamu, who got stuck in a car Broken legs in an accident in which the team was involved.
“That means even an equipment manager has insurance. The topic of Mdamu taught us a lot, so this season everyone who is part of Polisi Tanzania will be insured, ”says Juma.
Biashara United General Secretary Haji Mtete says player insurance and technical bench are a must for them this season.
NHIF Director General Bernard Konga says a footballer who has health insurance is just as important as anyone else.
Konga says health insurance is important for everyone, although clubs that don’t offer health insurance are unaware.
“NHIF has put in place a mechanism for athletes to get health insurance through their clubs, but I haven’t seen teams take notice,” Konga said.
The director says they spoke to the TFF and the National Sports Council (NSC) this season to get the clubs to make such an agreement. So it is the decision of the teams and footballers to take out insurance.
“It cannot happen later that you are sick and have not received treatment and then either blame or remember to seek insurance that we cannot offer you at that point in time.”
“So it is the players’ responsibility to understand the importance of health insurance as health is their capital,” he says.
The NHIF strategy comes six years after signing a one-year agreement with TFF to provide medical insurance to players and technical bank officials for 16 mainland Premier League clubs this season.
Former TFF general secretary Celestine Mwesigwa says the agreement will help Premier League clubs treat players and technical benches and clear long-standing complaints about medical treatment, which is a matter of principle, even though the clubs have failed to meet this requirement.
Tanzania Soccer Players Union (Sputanza) chairman Mussa Kisoki says that this season no player can be licensed without health insurance.
“We’re not kidding about it, we spoke to TFF to finalize this so that every player with health insurance would be licensed,” added Kisoki.