Former African champions TP Mazembe were crowned champions of DR Congo for the second consecutive season and a record-extending 18th time on Wednesday after the football season was cancelled in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The DR Congo Football Association (FECOFA) on Wednesday announced the move to hand the League title to log leaders TP Mazembe. The League had to be suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“After an executive committee meeting on Wednesday, the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 have been stopped with immediate effect. The two leagues have been on suspension since 16 March 2020 following the rapid widespread of the global pandemic coronavirus in the country,” read a statement.
The association added TP Mazembe had been declared champions of the Congolese top-flight considering the league standings as of the time the of suspension.
The Lubumbashi-based side were leading the pack with 53 points from 20 games followed by bitter rivals AS Vita Club with 42 points from 21 games in second place after 24 rounds of matches.
The two giants will represent DR Congo in the next CAF Champions League campaign.
AS Maniema Union and Daring Motema Pembe were placed 3rd and 4th respectively and will be competing in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.
A handful of African nations have decided to call off their football season as the continent grapples with Covid-19, the highly-contagious disease caused by the coronavirus.
Leagues in Cameroon, Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo, Kenya, Mauritius and Niger have also been cancelled.
Indications are that Tanzania could also void the League as the deadly virus continues unabated.
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By Mthokozisi Dube