Premier League, FDL, SDL set to restart June 1

22May 2020
Adam Fungamwango
Dodoma
The Guardian
Premier League, FDL, SDL set to restart June 1

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has ultimately issued permission to the resumption of this season's Vodacom Premier League, First Division League (FDL) and Second Division League (SDL) fixture on June 1.

Speaking at Chamwino State House in Dodoma yesterday after swearing in several officials he has appointed, Magufuli said he has opted to permit the restart of the tournaments on the mentioned date, following the decrease in the Coronavirus cases in the country.

He requested Tanzanians to keep on featuring in sporting events as all statistics show there is no sportsman that has passed away after contracting the disease.

"I know everyone likes sports. Even Members of Parliament participate in sports. In this disease's satistics I'm not sure there is a sportsman that has passed away because of the disease. There are different types of sports and every person has his or her favourite sport,'' he stated.

''I have decided that sports should restart. There is the Premier League, First Division League and Second Division League and so forth, they should resume on June 1,'' he disclosed.

He pointed out sports help citizens contain the disease, therefore the domestic soccer tournaments will resume. He hinted military games should as well restart.

"Procedures for accesing stadiums will be put in place by Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children but sports must resume.''

This means Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, and Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports have been directed to seek better ways the sporting activities should be hosted with adherence to all precautions.

The President had on two ocassions said he was thinking of granting the restart of sporting activities in the country but he did not confirm the dates for the restart of the events.

The restart of the competitions is obviously huge relief to sports followers in the country, particularly the Vodacom Premier League followers.

The enthusiasts were looking forward to the resumption of the domestic top flight.

The tournament's participating sides will be free to start team training to prepare for the rest of the event's fixture.