Countries in the African continent have begun the process of allowing football fans back into the stadium, as football slowly returns back to ‘normal’.
With the exception of Tanzania, fans across the continent have been barred from attending matches since the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.
But with more people beginning to get access to vaccination, different nations are gradually permitting a limited number of supporters at the stadiums, more specifically for national team football.
Countries such as Nigeria, DRC, Mauritania, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Benin and Ghana have allowed fans into the stadiums when they hosted their recent 2022 World Cup qualifiers matches.
The match between Zambia and Tunisia that took place at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Tuesday was also open to 5 000 football fans.
However, the wait for South African football fans might be longer, as there are still no indications on when they will be allowed at the stadiums.
While congratulating Bafana Bafana on their 1-0 victory over Ghana on Monday, Minister of Sports Nathi Mthethwa encouraged people to get vaccinated so that they can be able to watch the national team, probably at a ‘later stage’ of the qualifiers.
“I so hope that as a nation we can give our youngsters the much needed support by standing up in large numbers and getting vaccinated so that when they play their final qualifiers, they are able to play in the presence of our passionate supporters,” said Mthethwa in a statement.
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By Ofhani Munyai