Guinea ends high-flying football league season early

CONAKRY: Guinea has become the third African country in 24 hours to declare a premature end to its football season in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, following in the footsteps of Angola and Kenya.

The season, which started in October, had only reached halfway and was due to be completed in June.

We do not know when this pandemic will disappear. With the approach of the rainy season and the presence of the pandemic, we have decided that we have to stop the championship, said Mathurin Bangoura, president of the Guinean professional soccer league he told reporters on Friday.

No champion will be crowned, but the top four in qualifying at the time of the league's suspension will compete in next season's continental competitions: African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup. There will also be no promotion or reduction.

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Mauritius became the first African country earlier this month to stop its season due to the coronavirus outbreak. Kenya and Angola followed, but the clubs in Madagascar He voted to try to continue after a meeting on Thursday.

The African Football Confederation has told member associations to set a deadline of May 5 to reveal whether they intend to continue their national programs or call at the end of their respective seasons.