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African Football: home advantage Simba as CAF allows fans back

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Simba given greenlight to have fans in stadia

Tanzania – CAF has allowed spectators to fill 50 percent of stadia during Tanzania’s Club level football tournaments as requested by the country’s football governing body as per the Daily Post news.

The request by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) brings relief to the Tanzanian clubs Simba SC and Namungo, playing the CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup respectively.

A statement released by TFF Information and Communication officer, Clifford Ndimbo on Saturday means Simba’s return leg match against Plateau United of Nigeria and Namungo’s next game, should they make it past Sudanese side Al-Rabita Sports Club will have fans supporting them.

Simba, who are in Jos City for their away match against the Nigerian champions, Plateau United will be supported by half of 60,000 fans during a return leg match at Benjamin Mkapa stadium on December 4th this year.

In its statement to the confederation’s members, CAF allowed countries which are COVID-19 free to allow fans fill half of the arena hosting African Cup of Nations (AFCON) matches, but for the club level events such as Champions League and Confederation, a country after being verified to be COVID-19 free can request permission to CAF to allow fans to fill half of the arena.

It should be noted that CAF earlier on turned down a request by the TFF to have fans in stadia during the ongoing CECAFA U20 AFCON 2021 zonal qualifiers in the same country.

Simba is currently the third in the Tanzania Premier League with 23 points in 11 games behind traditional rivals Young Africans by five points at the top of the ladder while Azam are two points ahead.

No Tanzanian team has eliminated a Nigerian team before. This time around having home fans in the stadia could be a big boost and their fans will expect to witness improvement this season.

Simba were knocked out in the CAF Champions League preliminary round by Mozambique’s União Desportiva do Songo.


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