By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
All football activities in Turkey have been suspended till further notice in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Turkey’s Sports Minister made the announcement on Thursday after the country’s football federation was heavily criticized for maintaining league games in the heart of the pandemic.
“We decided all together to suspend the league,” Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu said in a televised speech after concerting with the presidents of the volleyball, basketball and football federations of the country.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) President, Nihat Ozdemir has said that the duration of the suspension will be announced on a later date.
“All football activities in Turkey have been suspended until further notice because of the continuous spread of the Coronavirus,” a statement from the TFF said.
“It means all professional and amateur football will be suspended immediately.”
The Turkish Super Lig was going on behind closed doors despite protests from some players and coaches.
Former Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel left league leaders Trabzonspor after refusing to play in the heart of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In Turkey, some players and coaches showed solidarity with the Nigerian midfielder by voicing their own concerns. Former Turkish national team coach Fatih Terim, is amongst the reputed voices to have called for a suspension of the league like is the case with most other countries.
Turkey has officially reported 191 Coronavirus cases with three deaths, according to reports from the Turkish health minister.
Six Cameroon players will be involved in this forced Turkish break.
31-year-old Cameroon midfielder Marc Kibong Mbamba of Denizlispor and 30-year-old central defender Jean-Armel Kana Biyik of Gaziantep FK in Turkish top flight are involved.
In the second tier league, Cameroon’s Eric Ayuk Mbu of Osmanlispor, midfielder Patrick Etoga Atchom of Istanbulspor and forward Serge Mbilla Etame of Adanaspor are all going into the forced break.
In the lower leagues, 37-year-old Cameroon forward Alper Aydin of Çubukspor, is also going to be constrained to stay home while the storm of the dreaded virus blows on.
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