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Botswana Football Association suspends their league

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) have decided to temporarily suspend all of the country’s football activities amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement released on the Monday‚ the BFA said their executive committee held a meeting on March 12 to discuss and access the coronavirus pandemic situation‚ from which they took a decision to suspend all football activities until mid-April.

“Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation and therefore the Association has taken a decision to temporarily suspend all football activities until 10 April‚ 2020‚” the statement read.

The BFA stressed that they take the wellbeing of all their stakeholders seriously.

“The health and wellbeing of our players‚ supporters and stakeholders‚ and those involved in the operation of football matches‚ is of utmost importance‚” the statement further read.

This decision will affect the Botswana Premier League‚ First Division North League‚ First Division South League‚ Women Football Association and all Regional Football Associations in Botswana.

The BFA have assured their stakeholders that they will thoroughly keep them updated on how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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.”

Botswana have had no confirmed cases of Coronavirus‚ but neighbours South Africa have had 61.

In South Africa‚ the SA Football Association (SAFA) hasn’t taken any decision on the status of PSL games.

However‚ the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will make an announcement at about 2.30pm on Monday following an urgent meeting of their executive committee to respond to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s national security measure that gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.

ENDS

Source: TMG Digital.