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Tanzania Mainland League to start from June 1 – President Magufuli


Tanzania Mainland League to start from June 1 – President Magufuli

Tanzania Mainland League has been given the  green light to resume any time from June 1 by President John Magufuli.

Sporting activities had been suspended since mid-March including the top tier owing to Covid-19 pandemic. 

However, the head of state believes the situation is being controlled well and it is the reason why games should be allowed to resume in June.

“In the [Covid-19] trend we have been studying, no athlete has died in Tanzania due to the virus,” Magufuli told journalists.

“I believe having active games will help in the fight against coronavirus. Reinstating games will definitely help us in this battle.

“We have different tiers in sports from the top to the lower tiers. I have decided to give the green light for the games to resume from June 1 people have to play.”

However, the President made it clear relevant authorities will give guidelines regarding match attendance and cheering.

“The Ministry of Health and that one for Sports will give guidelines on how the fans will attend the games and cheer their respective teams. We have to observe social distancing as well to curb the spread of the virus.”  

Before the break, Simba SC were top of the table with 71 points from 28 matches, with Azam second on 54. Yanga were third with 51 points after 27 games.

 The announcement means teams will also have an opportunity to fight for the Tanzanian  FA Cup in which  Azam FC are the defending champions.

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