African football leagues: The state of play

Burundi were the only African nation to continue playing when the coronavirus pandemic flared and led every other country in the continent to halt their league.  

Another east African country, Tanzania, restarted on Saturday with two matches and a further two are scheduled for Sunday. 

Below, we list the state of play in African leagues that have publicised plans:

NEVER STOPPED

Burundi (season ends on 28 June. Le Messager Ngozi lead by three points with two matches to play)

RESUMED PLAY

Tanzania (from 13 June. Simba hold a 17-point advantage with 10 matches to play) 

PLANNING RESTART

eSwatini (Young Buffaloes lead by eight points with eight rounds to play)

Senegal (first seven clubs will contest title while bottom seven seek to avoid relegation)

Seychelles (St Michel Utd lead by three points with five rounds to play)

Tunisia (Esperance lead by 10 points with 10 rounds to play)

AWAITING GOVERNMENT PERMISSION

Botswana (Galaxy lead by one point with 10 matches to play)

Madagascar (CNaPS Sport lead with seven matches to play)

Mauritius (Grand Riviere Sud East Wanderers and Bolton City share lead with five matches to play)

Morocco (Wydad Casablanca lead by one point with 12 matches to play)

Nigeria (Plateau Utd lead by four points with 13 matches to play)

Sierra Leone (Kamboi Eagles lead by one point with 13 matches to play)

South Africa (Kaizer Chiefs lead by four points with eight matches to play) 

Zambia (Forest Rangers lead by one point with 10 matches to play) 

PREMATURE FINISHES

Angola (title not awarded)

Cameroon (leaders PWD Bamenda declared champions)

Congo Brazzaville (leaders AS Otoho awarded title)

Democratic Republic of Congo (leaders TP Mazembe declared champions)

Guinea (title not awarded but top four clubs will compete in CAF competitions)

Kenya (leaders Gor Mahia awarded title)

Rwanda (leaders APR declared champions)

Togo (leaders ASKO Kara awarded title) 

SEASONS CANCELLED

Burkina Faso (2019/2020 CAF entrants Rahimo and Salitas have been selected for next season’s competition)

Ethiopia (will not enter CAF competitions)

Liberia (special competitions to decide CAF entrants)

South Sudan (will not enter Champions League. Cup winners Al Rabita to play in Confederation Cup)