Tanzania Football Federation has rescinded its decision to ban all football clubs from staging friendly matches amid the top gear preparations ahead of league resumption on June 13th.
The move had been taken after the matches attracted a legion of fans in their respective friendly ties over the weekend, events that witnessed Covid-19 safety precaution measures, among them social distancing, totally not adhered to.
On Sunday, Young Africans (Yanga) locked horns with KMC at the Uhuru Stadium, a match that saw thousands of supporters throng the sports facility without protective gear.
The same scenario was visible on Monday when Tanzanian Mainland League leaders, Simba SC, overcame Transit Camp by a 4-2 margin before edging KMC 3:1 at the Mo Simba training grounds the same day evening.
The careless handling of the matches in a country that its head has declared itself Covid-19-free forced TFF to swing into action, ensuring that guidelines are put in place to stem the spread of the dreaded virus.
Failure to observe stipulated protocol has also seen violators summoned by the Tanzania football governing body on Tuesday.
” There will be no friendly matches played without the notification of TFF. Tomorrow, TFF will meet Simba SC Young African, Azam FC, KMC and Transit Camp.” The statement released on Monday reads in part.
“TFF has been insisting on clubs to heed to guidelines championed by the ministry of health, community development, gender, elderly and children alongside the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports on how to keep Covid-19 at bay.” It added.
Meanwhile, Mwadui FC will usher in the post Covid-19 pandemic league resumption by hosting Yanga at the Kambarage Stadium on Saturday, June 13th at 4pm EAT.
On Sunday, June 14th, table leaders Simba SC will welcome Ruvu Shooting at the Taifa Stadium before Azam FC entertaining Mbao FC at the Azam Complex.