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First League In Africa Officially Cancelled

As football around the world continues to be disrupted by the coronavirus, the first league on the African continent has officially been cancelled – a decision that could have a knock-on effect on Kaizer Chiefs' domestic title hopes.

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On Monday, the Mauritius Football Association (MFA) officially confirmed that all football leagues in the country had been stopped and abandoned for the 2019/20 campaign with immediate effect.

The MFA informed its membership that the decision had been taken in the interests of national safety, with the resultant abandonment of league football meaning no champion will be crowned this season.

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"Following our previous correspondence, dated 19 March 2020, on the suspension of all football activities until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we would like to inform you, as to date, about the definitive cessation of all national and regional football leagues in the national interest," an official statement from the MFA read.

"After considering the opinion of each member and mainly in consultation with the authorities during the past week, it has been, hence, decided that the current season 2019/20 ends up with immediate effect, resulting thus to the irretrievable abandonment of all championships at any level of the competition."

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Attention will now turn to surrounding leagues across the continent, including South Africa's Absa Premiership, where club officials and supporters will have to wait to see if the MFA's decision has a knock-on effect on the outcome of the season.

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