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Will Ross
Africa editor, BBC World Service Tanzania has agreed to let Sudanese football club Al Hilal compete in their premier league, while war continues to rage in Sudan.
At least 15 people including senior officials have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan. Al Hilal will compete in the Tanzania Mainland Premier League starting in August, under special conditions.
Officials say the commissioner of Boma county in Pibor was returning from a visit to a village on Tuesday, when youths from a rival community attacked . The Sudanese club will not be able to win the league and their matches will only count as friendlies, according to AFP news agency.
He was killed along with his bodyguards and Boma's deputy army commander. Tanzanian Football Federation spokesman Clifford Mario Ndimbo told local media Al Hilal's participation would benefit the country's league.
A 2018 peace deal ended a five year civil war in South Sudan. "They are a big club with an excellent reputation and their presence will generate excitement," he said.
But several areas including Boma county have experienced outbreaks of ethnic violence. He added that Sudanese referees who are in Tanzania will also get an opportunity to officiate matches.
These have often been revenge attacks for cattle raids, involving the Murle, Anyuak, Nuer and Dinkas ethnic groups. "It's an opportunity for the Tanzanian clubs to learn from one of the continent's football giants and promote the local league," Mr Ndimbo told AFP.
Al Hilal requested to take part in the league as sport is suspended in Sudan because of the conflict which has killed thousands and displaced millions since April 2023.
More on the war in Sudan:
Famine looms in Sudan as civil war survivors tell of killings and rapes
Sudan crisis: The football coach forced to flee Khartoum
What is going on in Sudan? A simple guide
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