Azam FC coach Aristica Cioaba has admitted that his squad faces a fitness challenge following the suspension of football activities, including training in Tanzania.
Tanzania FA suspended leagues and tournaments in the country as part of preventive measures against Covid-19 outbreak. The coronavirus has infected 1.3 million people and killed at least 76,000 people across the globe. Tanzania has reported 24 cases with a single death.
Cioaba said that he understands the urge by his charges to go out and train and play football but presently, that's not possible.
"I know it's a difficult time for players, they want to practice and play, not stay home, but at this point, you need to unite and be stronger especially in the coming days. I wish everyone in Tanzania and Azam fans good health, "he said.
The Romanian coach has been providing personalized training programmes to players during this period.
Tanzania suspended all its leagues and tournaments as part of Prime Minister Kassim Majuwa's directive on dealing with the highly contagious disease. Tanzania has reported 19positive COVID-19 cases with a single death.
By the time of suspension, Simba was leading the Tanzania Premier League with 71 points followed by Azam on 54 points and Yanga is third with 51 points. Simba and Azam have played 28 games while Yanga have a game in hand.