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Coronavirus: The African Countries That Have Ended Their Leagues

Many African countries have had to halt their seasons because of the coronavirus outbreak.

However, the decisions have been met with mixed emotions.

The Confederation of African Football earlier told member associations to decide their league’s fate by May 5.

Mauritius

On April 6, Mauritius became the first country, not only in Africa but in the world, to cancel her league because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The league was ended with just five games remaining. Grande Riviere were on top, on goal difference, ahead of Bolton City.

The Country’s FA, in a statement, said that “after considering the opinion of each member and mainly in consultation with the authorities during the past week, it has been, hence, decided that the current season 2019/20 ends up with immediate effect.”

Angola


Angola cancelled their league, Girabola, with about six rounds remaining.

Then, Petro de Luanda (54) were three points above second-placed De Agosto (51) who had a game in hand.

Angola FA said that they had met with all the clubs and resolved to void the league.

No title was awarded and no relegation as well but the top two sides were entered in CAF Champions league.

Kenya

Federation Kenya Football awarded Gor Mahia the league title – Earlier when the league was halted, Gor led the table with 54 points after 23 games above HomeBoys who were seven points and a game less.

The decision was confirmed by FKF president Nick Mwendwa via Twitter who said that this was reached because 68% of matches have been played.

Nairobi City Stars were also promoted as well to the top division.

Kenya Premier League and a section of clubs opposed the decisions.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia declared their season null and void – No promotions or relegations of teams.

In addition, it was reported that they will not have a representative for the 2021 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup.

Fasil Kenema were atop with 30 points from 17 matches, just a point above Mekele 70 Enderta.

The Federation asked players to honor their contractual obligations until expiry on July 7, 2020.

Niger

When the league was suspended after match-day 20, US Gendermarie led the table with 40 points, above Sahel SC (39) and AS Sonidep (38) after 20 games.

After an extraordinary meeting, the Country’s FA decided to declare their season void without promotion or relegation.

AS Sonidep and USGN will represent the country in CAF Champions league and Confederation cup, depending on the 2018/19 season.

Congo

AS Otoho were crowned Congolese Premier League champions after the league was cancelled.

Otoho (56) led with 14 points ahead of Noirs (42) with just four games to go.

The club who defended their league crown, will once represent Congo in CAF Champions league.

Burkina Faso

The 2019-20 Burkinabe Premier League season was declared void after an emergency meeting held on Monday.

Salitas were on top of the league with 51 points, six above second placed Majestic FC with six rounds to play.

Rahimo FC will represent the country in Champions League while Salitas will feature in the Confederation Cup.

Guinea

Guinea also ended their league due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

13 league games had been played but no champion was declared, no promotion or relegation.

It was announced that the top four in the standings at the time of the league’s suspension will compete in next season’s continental competitions: Horoya (29) who had a game in hand were four points above Wakirya (25). Kalouma Star and Ashanti were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Liberia

Liberia has also ended their league campaign, the country’s FA president Mustafa Raji has confirmed.

There will be no champion or promotion but the top four in the standings at the time of the league’s suspension will play a tournament to compete for a spot at the CAF Champions League.

The top four were Mighty Barrolle, Bea Mountain, MC Breweries and LISCR.

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