Election, not coronavirus, KO football in Burundi

BUJUMBURA: Burundi, the last African country to allow football to continue for the coronavirus Pandemic, he suspended his league on Monday but made no reference to the arrest linked to the threat of the deadly virus.

Instead, Burundi Football Federation President Reverien Ndikuriyo He said at a press conference in Bujumbura that the suspension should allow the federation to re-evaluate the venues for the parties, as some facilities could be used for the upcoming electoral demonstrations.

A general election will be held in Burundi on May 20 to elect both the President and the National Assembly.

The BFF's decision was made at a meeting on Monday, and the federation said it was reorganizing its match schedule and was convinced that league and cup competitions were on track for an end date of May 30.

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Ndikuriyo made no reference to the health risks of continuing with the league and cup games, except to call players, officials and spectators to observe the preventive measures recommended by the government.

Spectators at matches in Burundi had their temperature taken and sprayed their hands with disinfectant at the entrance to match venues in recent weeks.

A committee will decide when league and cup competitions will resume, the federation said in a statement.

The Cup quarterfinal matches were played over the weekend, while the league championship has only three rounds to complete.

The small East African nation announced its first coronavirus cases on March 31, and its health ministry has since confirmed five cases of the virus.