The Tanzania Premier League looks set to resume next month albeit with matches played in one region without fans.
The League was suspended on March 17 due to the coronavirus. Earlier reports were that the 2019/20 season would be cancelled in Tanzania, but indications that it will go ahead on June 15.
The East African country’s football federation, Premier League, Government and health authorities met on Tuesday to discuss the possible return of the Tanzania League and the format to adopt upon resumption.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Hassan Abbasi said they had a productive meeting.
“The meeting centered on the procedures we will have to take when president Magufuli will announce all is ready to resume the leagues because we are waiting for his final decision on the way forward.”
“If the fans will be allowed into the venues, how will they sit and if supporters will not be allowed, then who should be let in, only players without the technical bench?” Abassi said.
This meeting came after a public statement by Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli insisting on the resumption of activities without lockdown.
“We have to take all measures, but we must work hard. We don’t expect lockdown here. We must produce more, and if the status will be in good trend after a week, I can allow even football matches to be played again,” read the statement.
Simba SC was leading the race at the top of the championship with 71 points after 28 playing days, 17 points clear of runner’s up Azam FC
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By Mthokozisi Dube