Tanzania provide guidelines for June 13 return


The Tanzanian Premier League will become the second after Burundi to re-start after a three-month stoppage occasioned by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

After the government okayed for sporting activities to resume from June 1, the Tanzanian Football Federation drafted out fixtures for the remaining 10 rounds of matches.

The league will commence on Saturday (June 13) with Young Africans playing away to Mwadui, Coastal Union facing Namungo at home in Tanga, Azam facing Mbao at home while leaders Simba SC will welcome Ruvu Shooting at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

With the fixtures drafted out, the Federation has now moved to issue guidelines to fans and players ahead of the re-start to prevent a possible spike of infections in the East African Nation.

According to the TFF, there will be a limited number of fans at each venue and they will be required to wear masks at all time and observe the one metre social distance while entering and seating inside the stadium.

At the same time, the fans will be required to either sanitize or wash their hands with running water and soap while their temperature will be taken before they enter the premises of the stadium. The Federation has also announced that old fans and children will not be allowed into the stadium.

For players, teams will be required there is social distancing in the bus with each player allocated his own seat while they will be subjected to temperature checks before boarding and in the stadium when they arrive.

Teams are also advised to arrive at the stadium minutes apart to ensure there is limited interaction. On the bench, players are required to keep the social distance and put on their masks at all times.

Medical personnel in the stadium will also need to put on their masks and gloves at all times.

For the media, there will be a limited number of photographers’ pitch-side while no interviews will be allowed within the playing area.

Dressing rooms for both players and match officials are also required to be equipped with soap and running water and fumigated before and after matches.

Prior to the restart, teams have been in camp where health protocols have also been followed to the letter with frequent temperature and health checks on players and officials.

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