Azam relieved by foreign players decision

Azam relieved by foreign players decision
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by Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 14, 2020. 09:00

Azam FC have expressed their relief that the Tanzanian government has decided to keep in place the current regulations which allow top-flight clubs to have 10 foreign-based players in their squads.

Earlier this week, Tanzania’s Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, confirmed that the National Sports Council had submitted a recommendation that the foreign player limit should remain at 10 per team.

Azam, one of the Mainland Premier League’s top clubs (they finished third on the log for the 2019-20 season), say they are happy that the regulations remain unchanged.

“It is a great decision, otherwise, the clubs to have been affected if the government chose to trim the number could be us, Simba and Young Africans, because we have more foreign based players,” explained Azam CEO Abdulkarim Amin, as per the Daily News.

“We have received the decision wholeheartedly and we thank the government for listening to opinions made by football fans in the country.”

He added that their squad currently has only two places open for foreign based players to be signed, but Azam expect to bolster their ranks in this regard before the start of the 2020-21 season.

“Until now, most countries have not yet opened up their borders that is the setback we are facing to finish the deals but soon, everything will be done,” he said.

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