The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved Tanzania’s request to have fans back in stadiums for clubs taking part in both the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup.
Tanzania’s Football Federation (TFF) has continuously lobbied CAF to allow fans return to stadiums for inter-continental competitions given that the country is considered COVID-19 free.
According to a statement released by TFF, CAF has given the country greenlights to have 50% stadium capacity for Tanzanian clubs taking part in its inter-continental competitions.
While CAF had lifted the attendance cap on countries who are COVID-19 free to have fans in stadiums for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, club competitions had remained sealed but the seal has now been lifted.
However, clubs who seek to hold CAF sanctioned matches with fans must apply for verification to be considered COVID-19 free before they can allow fans into stadiums.
The move is a huge relief to both Namungo FC who are representing the country in the Confederations Cup and Simba SC who play Nigeria’s Plateau FC in the Champions League preliminary round qualifiers.
This means Simba will have 30,000 spectators inside the 60,000 capacity Benjamin Mkapa Stadium when they host Plateau in the second leg on December 5.
The Tanzanian champions managed to pick up a crucial 1-0 victory over Plateau in the first leg at the New Jos Stadium in Nigeria.
Simba will look to seal progress to the first-round qualifiers in front of their fans who were denied access to the first leg after Plateau refused the club to broadcast the game live.
If Simba manages to progress past Plateau, it will be the first time that a Tanzanian club has progressed past an opponent from Nigeria in history.