Uganda on Wednesday suspended all football activities for at least 32 days as the country’s puts in preventive measures to deal with the coronavirus epidemic.
The move to stop football leagues and tournaments in the country was in response to the Uganda president Yoweri Museveni’s order banning all sports events, public gatherings and closing schools.
Uganda is yet to report any case of Covid-19, caused by a coronavirus, but its neighbour including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan as well as DRCongohave confirmed at least two dozen cases.
Earlier on Wednesday, FUFA had disbanded the national team camp that was preparing for the cancelled African Nations Championship in Cameroon. It had been hoped that the Uganda Premier League will now resume after the players rejoined their clubs.
However, the hopes of local football returning to Ugandan stadiums were dashed on Wednesday evening after FUFAmadeit clear that the leagues will not resume until at least April 2020.
The outbreak has led to dozens of countries suspending their leagues and tournaments. On Tuesday, CAF suspended CHAN 2020 that was scheduled to take place from April 4 to 25. The African football body had earlier cancelled the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were set for the last week of March.
17 African nations have now suspended domestic football and international games, including Egypt, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, Gabon, Sudan, Botswana, Ghana, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Guinea and Sudan.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 170 countries and territories around the world and an international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan). It has infected at least 219,000 people and killed at least 8,900.
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