Botswana Football Association (BFA) have announced that all football activities in the country have been suspended until April 10, 2020 including the Botswana Premier League (BPL) due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released on Monday morning, BFA said that the emergency committee of the association held a meeting on 12 March, Thursday to discuss and assess the situation relating the Coronavirus that has been spreading like wildfire around the world and with the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa now standing at 51.
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES: CORONA VIRUS (COVID19)
— Botswana Premier League (@bwpremierleague) March 16, 2020
“Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and therefore, the Association has taken a decision to temporarily suspend all football activities until April 10, 2020, “reads the BFA statement.
“The decision has been necessitated by the need to mitigate the risk of infection. This decision will be kept under constant review. The health and well-being of our players, supporters and stakeholders, and those involved in the operation of the football matches is of utmost importance.
“We will constantly assess and monitor the situation, get advice and guidance from government and health officials and Put contingency plans in place to respond to any emerging trends to Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) confirmed that it will hold an urgent meeting today to decide on the way forward following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that gatherings of 100 people or more are immediately cancelled.
The meeting will start at 12h00 noon with a press conference expected to be held to announce the League’s programme going forward.
By FARPost Reporter