Jwaneng Galaxy Football Club was over the weekend crowned Champions of the Botswana Premier League following the cancellation of all sports activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Southern African nation.
This came after the country’s capital city, Gabrone registered 12 new Coronavirus cases forcing the government to reinstate the city on a complete lockdown.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) confirmed the cancellation in a statement released on Saturday.
“Having considered the prevailing circumstances in Botswana, the guidelines provided by the BFA medical committee, FIFA and CAF and the financial resources needed to return to play. The Botswana Football Association and National Executive Committee unanimously agreed to end the football season. In ending the season, the effect is that the team at the summit is crowned champions and the teams at the bottom of the table are relegated,” read part of the statement.
“A committee will be informed to deal with the modalities of the promotional playoffs. The lives and health of the players and the nation at large was prioritised above all, as it is currently too risky to return to play,” the statement added.
The development saw the league leaders Jwaneng Galaxy declared Champions who stood on 41 points, a point ahead of Township Rollers and Orapa United by the time the country suspended all professional sports.
Ugandan players Lawrence Ndugga (Township Rollers) and Ivan Mbowa (Orapa United) thus narrowly missed out on Championship.
Ndugga’s exploits guided Township Rollers to Mascom Top Eight Championship in February this year.
Also, Prisons XI FC finished 6th with 32 points. Prisons XI is home to Ugandan players, Deus Bukenya and Martin Opolot.
Whilst former Vipers and Express winger Nasir Mbabali’s Extension Gunners FC finished in the 12th slot.
Other leagues that were prematurely ended on the continent include the Uganda Premier League, Kenya Premier League, Guinea’s top flight league, among others.