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Tanzanian football resumes amid virus concerns

By Maurice Okore

Added 13th June 2020 08:30 PM

Tanzania's football league resumed on Saturday after three months of suspension as the country insists its coronavirus outbreak is under control despite coming under fire for keeping its data secret.

Tanzanian football resumes amid virus concerns

Tanzania's football league resumed on Saturday after three months of suspension as the country insists its coronavirus outbreak is under control despite coming under fire for keeping its data secret.

Compared to its neighbours Tanzania took very few measures to combat the virus, and opened up universities and international flights earlier this month.

The football league resumed with two games, and one was broadcast live, showing fans shaking hands after the match and sitting closely together without masks -- despite a government call for caution.

Government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said he had personally inspected the second game at Mkwakwani Stadium in northern Tanga and was "satisfied the preparations and health guidelines are observed."

Ahead of the resumption of the league, players were optimistic. 

"I'm prepared for the league and apart from taking the precautions, I leave the rest to God," said Dar es Salaam Young African (Yanga) Sports Club player Deus Kaseke, whose team played Saturday.

Defending champions Simba hold an unassailable lead of 71 points from 28 matches, with a further 17 more rounds of games before completion of the championship in July.   

The winner will qualify for the African Champions League next season.

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