Sunday May 31, 2020. 14:00
Tanzania’s Mainland Premier League will have to adhere by stringent health and hygiene conditions, put in place by the country’s government, when it resumes on June 13.
The league, which was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been given the green light to start back up against by President John Pombe Magufuli.
Teams have already resumed training, but a joint statement signed by Harrison Mwakyembe (Minister of Sports) and Ummy Mwalimu (Minister of Health), as reported by Daily News, has revealed the strict measures put in place.
First and foremost, all players and officials will have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 tests, while temperature tests will be done under the supervision of top medical experts.
Players and officials travelling in team buses will be required to sit far enough apart so that they meet the standards of social distancing, which will also be applied within the stadium itself.
Water and sanitisers will also need to be in place and available both inside and outside match venues, while organisers will be required to open gates early enough to avoid fans crowding together.
Wild celebrations, the exchange of jerseys and even handshakes before and after the match have been warned against, while substitutes on the bench must wear a face mask.
The matches will be played in two locations – Mwanza and Dar es Salaam – and will see Simba SC looking to claim a third successive title. They hold a massive 17-point lead over nearest chasers Azam.