The Burundian and Tanzanian Premier Leagues were the first on the continent to kick off their 2020/21 seasons after the heavy disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two East African nations were also the first to resume for the remainder of the 2019/20 seasons in July.
On Saturday, Burundi got the new campaign off positively.
Defending champions La Messager Ngozi were handed a rude start into the new campaign when they fell 3-0 away to Flambeau Du Centre. Ngozi are preparing for their maiden Total CAF Champions League campaign and the heavy defeat was a wake-up call.
In other fixtures, Musongati, who will play in next season’s Total CAF Confederation Cup won 1-0 at home against Inter Star. Musongati have so far picked two consecutive competitive wins this season having beaten Ngozi 2-1 in the season-opening Super Cup.
Former champions Aigle Noir were 2-1 victors over Olympic Star while Vital’O suffered a 2-0 defeat at home against Rukinzo.
Meanwhile in Tanzania, the return of top-flight football was greeted by full to capacity crowds across the country.
Defending champions Simba SC were off to a flier, winning 2-1 against league newcomers Iheafu in Mbeya. Mzamiru Yassin scored the winner for Wekundu wa Msimbazi after Omary Mponda had cancelled out skipper John Bocco’s early opener.
Elsewhere, Simba’s arch-rivals Yanga started their campaign on a low, after drawing 1-1 at home against Tanzania Prisons at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
In Monday’s fixtures, Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) picked up the biggest win of the opening weekend with a 4-0 thrashing of Mbeya City at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam while Azam went off 1-0 winners against Polisi Tanzania courtesy of Obrey Chirwa’s solo strike.
Namungo 1-0 Coastal Union, Ruvu Shooting 0-0 Mtibwa Sugar, Ihefu 1-2 Simba SC, Dodoma Jiji 1-0 Mwadui, Biasha United 1-0 Gwambina, Yanga 1-1 Tanzania Prisons, KMC 4-0 Mbeya City, Azam FC 1-0 Tanzania Polisi, Kagera Sugar 0-1 JKT Tanzania
Kayanza United 0-2 Les Elephants, Muzinga 0-0 Royal FC, Atletico Academy 0-2 BS Dynamik, Aigle Noir 2-1 Olympic Star, Musongati 1-0 Inter Star, Vital’O 0-2 Rukinzo, Flambeau du Centre 3-0 Messager Ngozi, Bumamuru FC 0-2 Bujumbura City.