African leagues: Tanzania initially to begin new season amidst infection
Tanzania again became the first African League to begin throughout the coronavirus crisis when they opened the 2020/2021 league season on Sunday.
The championship was also the very first to resume last season after a Covid-19 shutdown, playing from June with spectators allowed.
While Tanzanian clubs have actually begun their new season, South Africa just completed their 2019/2020 season 2 days back. Tunisia will complete theirs this Sunday and clubs in Egypt have in between 9 and 12 components still to satisfy.
A revival of the infection in Morocco resulted in lots of posts ponement, but leaders Raja Casablanca and possible title rivals Wydad Casablanca are scheduled to play Wednesday.
Here is the AFP round-up of all the football action in Africa across the weekend.
Protecting champions Simba SC won 2-1 at promoted Ihefu 2-1 after naming Barbara Gonzalez as the first female chief executive of a top-flight Tanzanian club.
Zambian Clatous Chama starred for the winners, who completed a league and cup double last season, and established captain John Bocco for the opening objective of the match.
Likely primary rivals Young Africans were held 1-1 in the house by Prisons in their first league match under Serb coach Zlatko Krmpotic, who has actually worked in 5 other African countries.
Zamalek defeated third-place Pyramids 2-0 and mid-table El Gaish 1-0 to build a six-point lead in the race for second area behind runaway leaders Al Ahly.
Mostafa Mohamed and Democratic Republic of Congo-born Kabongo Kasongo scored versus Pyramids and Youssef Obama netted to sink Gaish.
Ending up second is substantial since it secures a location in the CAF Champions League, which brings a $2.5 million (2.1 million euros) first reward.
Etoile Sahel, the only club to win all 5 existing and previous CAF club competitors, slipped to a 1-0 defeat away at relegation-threatened CS Hammam-Lif and stay fifth in a disappointing campaign.
Fares Meskini snatched the winning goal 3 minutes from time to lift Hammam-Lif above JS Kairouan and out of the threat zone, however only on objective difference, with two rounds to go.
Esperance, who were crowned champs last weekend, play at US Monastir Monday while second-place CS Sfaxien drew 0-0 at Stade Tunisien.
Raja suffered a shock 1-0 home loss against second-last Ittihad Tangier, ending an unbeaten seven-match run since the league restarted in August after a five-month shutdown.
Youssef Anouar scored for Tangier on 74 minutes to boost the title hopes of third-place Wydad, the protecting champions who trail Raja by five points but have 2 matches in hand.
Twelve of the 16 top-flight clubs have actually reported at least one positive case for Covid-19, leading to all groups needing to stay in a hotel or sport centre.
Mamelodi Sundowns won a third straight title at the weekend and now the focus switches to three-club play-offs for one lucrative 2020/2021 elite league location.
Black Leopards, who came second last in the Premiership, 2nd department runners-up Ajax Cape Town and third-place Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila will object to a double-round mini-league.
The table-toppers certify for the wealthiest African league with clubs guaranteed a 2.5 million rand ($150,000, 125,000 euros) monthly allowance and millions more in prize cash.