The 2019/20 Girabola, Angola’s topflight League, has been declared over due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The League, which was left with six games, ends with no champions, but only one team demoted for forfeiting fixtures. The League was suspended six weeks ago in an effort to contain the ravaging virus.
Petro de Luanda were perched at the top with 54 points, followed by Primeiro De Agosto who are three points behind with a game in hand. The decision comes a week after clubs proposed to the League management body to call off the season. Officials met on Thursday and resolved to abandon all football competitions with immediate effect.
The federation stated that “Primeiro D’Agosto and Petro Atletico of Luanda will bear the country’s flag in next season’s CAF Champions League.” The two sides sat at the top of the table at the time of suspension of League activities.
FC Bravos do Maquis and Sagrada Esperança will participate in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup. The federation has also decided to relegate Primeiro de Maio after the club forfeited two games.
The country’s second tier Championship ends with immediate effect but without a champion. De Maio will be replaced by the team that was leading the second tier. However, the club must first prove their financial capacity to play in first division.
Several African nations have decided to call off their football season as the continent grapples with Covid-19. Leagues in DRC, Cameroon, Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo, Kenya, Mauritius and Niger have also been cancelled. Two days ago Cameroon abandoned it’s domestic championship, DR Congo followed 24 hours later.
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By Mthokozisi Dube