Tunisian League football likely to resume in August

FTF had plans to restart the Ligue 1 season next month, but the federation have failed to get approval from the Tunisian government
Esperance’s forward Hamdou Elhouni (C) dribbles the ball past Zamalek’s defenders Mohamed Abdel Shafy (L) and Mahmoud Alaa (R) during the second leg of the CAF Champions League Quarter-final football match between Egypt’s Zamalek and Tunisia’s Esperance at the Stade Olympique de Rades, southeast of the Tunisian capital Tunis, on March 6, 2020. (Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP)

The 2019-2020 Tunisian Ligue 1 season could resume in August according to the Tunisia Football Federation (FTF).

Like leagues across the world, football activities in Tunisia have been suspended since March following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The FTF had plans to restart the Ligue 1 season next month, but the federation have failed to get approval from the Tunisian government and have now rescheduled the restart of the league for August with plans of starting the 2020-2021 season in October.

Lower league games are expected to begin six days later while cup matches will be played in the same space.

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“The resumption of professional Ligue 1 will take place in August 2020,” read a statement from the FTF website.

“A certain number of measures will apply which has previously published and which will be sent to the clubs in the form of decisions. They will be published again to remind them.

“The 2020/2021 season for Professional Ligue 1 will start on October 24. The 2020/2021 season for the other divisions will start on October 31.

“The Cup matches will be scheduled according to the requirements of the general calendar.

“All the above-mentioned deadlines are always subject to the approval of the state institutions responsible for defining the general policy for the fight against the coronavirus in accordance with the requirements of the health and epidemiological situation.

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“If the official meetings have not resumed in August, the federal office will announce the necessary decisions at the appropriate time.”

The FTF added that it was “anxious to protect the players”, and prioritise their health before anything else.

At the top of the Ligue 1 table, Esperance lead with 44 points, 10 points clear of second-placed CS Sfaxien with 34 points.

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