No celebrations but Burundi league to go on until virus spreads

Burundi is one of only four countries in the world where formal league football continues

Burundi’s football federation (FFB) says domestic competition will continue until coronavirus spreads, after introducing fresh measures in a bid to finish the season amidst the pandemic.

The FFB decided to continue the season after a meeting with clubs on Sunday, whereupon players were told not to celebrate goals together and to keep their distance from referees.

In addition, players have been instructed to wash their hands before a match and to not shake hands with officials or other players.

“If there are signs of the virus spreading, we will stop the championship,” FFB president Ndikuriyo Reverien told BBC Sport Africa.

“We are going to play and at the same time we will constantly stay in touch with the Health Ministry.”

We don’t see the use in stopping when all activities in the country are still going on as usual

Ndikuriyo Reverien BFF president

There are three rounds of games remaining in the current season in the east African nation, where three people out of a population of just over 10 million have tested positive for Covid-19 so far.

“Until now, the three identified cases and all the people who have been in contact with them are geographically located and monitored by the Health Ministry,” added Reverien, a politician who also presides over the Senate of Burundi.

“We know that in many countries the health situation is catastrophic, but here we have two cases which came in from abroad and one case of local contamination (that person was living with one of the two).”

“We don’t see the use in stopping when all activities in the country are still going on as usual.”

Unlike many other nations affected by coronavirus, Burundi has yet to introduce social distancing.

The country is one of only four