Downs miss big chance in Tanzania

CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns' chances of playing before a capacity crowd for the first time since March last year has gone to smoke after CR Belouizdad refused entry for fans to watch their CAF Champions League match in Tanzania on Sunday.

Belouizdad are hosting Sundowns in Dar es Salaam after Algeria refused The Brazilians entry to Algiers due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Al Ahly and Simba played in front of a capacity crowd last week when the Egyptians visited Tanzania for their Champions League match as Simba beat the defending champions 1-0 to record their second victory in the group stage.

A Tanzanian football official who wished to remain anonymous confirmed that Belouizdad have refused entry for fans for their match against Sundowns on Sunday.

"The host team [Belouizdad] is responsible for the match's local arrangements, including the request to have fans," the official tells KickOff.com.

"Sundowns just come to play and have no say whatever in this match. To date, the host club has not requested for the permission to have fans, nor have they started arrangements with the Football Federation of Tanzania [TFF] for such arrangements.

"But for CAF matches played by clubs from TFF, the standard arrangements for fans is 50 percent capacity. [However] the home team from Algeria has refused fans into the stadium, so there won’t be fans at the stadium."

The Brazilians left the country for Tanzania this morning.

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