The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has urged all soccer players to avoid shaking hands while playing matches.
The announcement of the guidelines was said on Wednesday, 4 March 2020. Shaking of hands before matches start has been the custom over the world for the past years. But Tanzania’s Football Federation now prohibits it.
Soccer players should use sign language as an alternative instead of direct skin contact.
The set guidelines read, “Utaratibu wa wachezaji kupeana mikono kabla ya kuanza mechi hautatumika kwa sasa. Badala yake wachezaji wote watasalimiana kwa ishara.”
In a translation, Shaking of hands before any match begins will not happen for now. All soccer players will use sign language during greetings.
The above guidelines will take effect in all Tanzania’s Vodacom League and other leagues in the country.
The decision comes shortly after the Country’s ministry of health issued other directives to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
On Tuesday 3 March 2020, Tanzania President John Magufuli shook his legs with Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad (in the picture) instead of their hands.
Additionally, Tanzania has taken other precautionary measures to prevent the virus from affecting its citizens.
So far, the deadly Coronavirus has killed more than 3 000, while more than 80,000 people have infections all around the world.