Kagere to join Simba SC preps for VPL

27May 2020
Adam Fungamwango
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kagere to join Simba SC preps for VPL

SIMBA SC ace striker, Rwandan Meddie Kagere, and Namungo FC head coach, Thierry Hitimana, are set to make their way back to their respective sides after receiving special permission from their country's government.

SIMBA SC ace striker, Rwandan Meddie Kagere

The Mainland Premier League sides are some of the top flight squads which have foreign professionals, who are currently in their respective countries because of the indefinite suspension of sporting events, put in place by Tanzania's government, in an effort to contain Coronavirus disease.

President John Magufuli recently granted permission for restart of sporting activities, starting with soccer tournaments, from June 1.

Rwanda government has closed its borders with neighbouring countries and imposed a lockdown in a bid to contain Coronavirus disease.

Rwandan sports journalist and commentator, Claver Kazungu, speaking from Kigali, stated the two were given the special permission after informing the government of their plan to get back to their respective clubs.

"The Rwanda government has closed the borders with neighbouring countries, the country's nationals can not even go to such countries like DR Congo and Burundi, which are more accessible,'' Kazungu stated.

''Kagere and Hitimana nevertheless were presented with the permission given they are looking to make their way back to their outfits outside Rwanda.''

Kazungu noted it was easier for the two to be presented with the permission given a section of Rwanda government's top officials are avid sports fans.

The top government officials, according to him, as well have close relationship with Kagere and Hitimana and for that matter it was easier for the former to help the later get permission.

Hitimana's Namugo FC occupies the fourth spot in this season's top flight table, having posted 50 points in 28 games.

Kagere, Hitimana and other professionals, who are plying their trade in the Mainland Premier League, had headed to their respective countries after the indefinite suspension of sporting activities had been put in place in Tanzania.

There were nevertheless fears that Kagere and Hitimana might not make their way back to their respective sides because of the decision by Rwanda government to close its borders with neighbouring countries and impose ban on international flights.

Simba SC Chief Executive Officer, Senzo Mbatha, recently stated his club will do all it can to get its foreign professionals, Kagere, Zambian Cleotus Chama, Kenyan Francis Kahata and Sudan national, Sharaf Eldin Shiboub, that are in their respective countries.

Namungo FC Chairman, Hassan Zidadu, had early this week pointed out they do not know when will Hitimana get back to their club following the Rwanda government's decision.

The Namungo official added Hitimana's absence at the squad had become a thorny issue.

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