The COVID-19 pandemic began to wreak havoc on African sports when a series of tournaments had to be postponed before concerns spread could lead to an outbreak.
The latest, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on 19.3 decided to suspend all domestic leagues for a month.
In addition, NFF also stops “all activities on the field” such as matches of national teams and youth soccer programs as well as street football. Besides, the country’s sports federation is also considering to suspend the tournament.
African fans are always enthusiastic about sports
Earlier, the African Football Federation (CAF) decided to postpone indefinitely for the African National Championship (CAF Nation League) in Cameroon due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This tournament has 16 national teams competing (only allowing players playing on the continent) and is held every two years. The cause comes from the Cameroon began to appear cases of COVID-19 infection (at least 10 people were detected).
At the same time, CAF also postponed qualifying for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 – considered the World Cup qualifier of 2022, taking place from 25 to 31.3. In addition, the championship cup of the African nations 2020 of women’s football in April must also “stand” because of the devastation of COVID-19. On 17.3, football tournaments, rugby, cricket, etc. in South Africa agreed to postpone until 14.4 to prevent the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 began to flood into Africa and affect its sports industry.
African football has a headache with the missing national player
AFP quoted the statement of an East and Central African Football Association (CECAFA) official on Tuesday, saying that five Eritrea players disappeared when they arrived in Uganda for a tournament in the region and are likely trying. Asylum. Eritrea has been banned from Africa’s football leagues in the past because its players often run away while playing abroad.
Rogers Mulindwa, a CECAFA official, told AFP that the five players had been missing since September 29 and that efforts to track down the whereabouts are underway. Police have conducted a search around the Jinja area in eastern Uganda, where players were last seen, including several players from other teams. The official declined to say whether the players disappeared for asylum.