Chinese business chamber to stage soccer bonanza

03Dec 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Chinese business chamber to stage soccer bonanza

The Chinese community in Tanzania through the Tanzania-China business chamber have organized a Sino-Tanzania five a side friendly soccer match to further the interaction and exchange between the two countries.

The event will take place on December 10 at the Indoor National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Prof. Yan Liu, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam said yesterday the match will enrich the leisure time life of Chinese and their Tanzanian associates.

“This is an indoor five-person international standard football match, with a Tanzanian international referee and 15 team members of Chinese companies divided into three groups,” Prof Liu explained.

Each team will be composed of Chinese and Tanzanian members, he said, noting that the event will draw considerable interest among Chinese people in Tanzania.

The don underlined that match organizers are offering free entry for audiences to all matches, whereby football fans are welcome to attend for watching and cheer their favorite team.

Prof. Liu said the matches consists of two phases, first with group round robins, and the second as an elimination round.

After the group round robin the top eight teams will qualify for the knock out phases.

Four teams will appear after the quarter finals and then semifinals to the final.

He said they will offer free entry for audiences for all matches and they welcome all football fans to attend.

“Chinese and Tanzanian leaders were also expected to attend the event,” he said.

He said they are hoping for similar sports activities to be held to deepen exchanges between Chinese and Tanzanian people.

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