The Corona virus disease (COVID-19) is the reason a majority of football leagues all over the world went on a break and the Tanzanian Premier League is no different. A division well near its 30th round of the 2019/20 campaign, the mainland premiership took a halt with Simba Sports Club at the helm of the log on 71 points.
Their arch-rivals, Young Africans Sports Club are a massive 20 points behind albeit with just a match in hand. Tasked with individual training, however, there has been a stark contrast as to how the two Tanzanian giants are coping up and Simba assistant coach Seleman Matola admitting that he has no idea what his players are doing.
”At the moment it is very difficult to know what exactly the players are doing. Whether they are training or not because of the lifestyles we have been forced to live due to the pandemic,” says Matola.
Young Africans on the other hand, have been following up on their players’ fitness levels as confirmed by official Antonio Nugaz. The response they are getting as management is impressive and he believes they will have a proper team when the league resumes.
”The head coach Luc Eymael gave out a program and so far everyone has shown that they are indeed adhering to the instructions. When we come back we will be very good,” says Nugaz.
The Covid-19 pandemic rendered football unplayable and with cases reported in East Africa, sports had to take a break. Nugaz believes the efforts taken to curb its spread will bear fruits and that football will return.
”The most important thing is to make sure that normalcy returns and that we are safe. I urge even the fans to stay safe until we are able to play football again,” he adds.
Simba SC are the defending champions of the Tanzanian Premier League.