By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
The Board of Directors of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League held a board meeting this Thursday to decide on the way forward for the 2019-2020 league season.
After the meeting, their verdict was made public. They have unanimously agreed on an end to the Belgian League season, as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, with the league standings before games were suspended considered as the final league standings.
With a 15 points lead over Gent after 29 playing days, Club Brugge will be crowned champions.
“The Board of Directors has unanimously decided that, it does not wish, irrespective of the different envisaged scenarios, to carry on with the competition after June 30th. Based on the above considerations, the Board has sent a unanimous decision to the General Assembly, not to restart the league and to consider the league standings of the Jupiler Pro League before the suspension of games as the final league standings [this however depends on the decision of the Licenses Committee],” a communique from the Board of Directors reads.
Consequently, Club Brugge will be crowned champion. Eight African players will have the league winning honours.
19-year-old Ivorian defender Kossounou Adilon, his compatriot and fellow defender 28-year-old Simon Deli, 27-year-old Angolan defender Clinton Mukoni Mata, 28-year-old Senegalese forward Mbaye Diagne, 21-year-old Senegalese international midfielder Krepin Diatta, 22-year-old Nigerian forward David Chidozie Okereke, 25-year-old South African forward Percy Tau, 22-year-old Nigerian forward Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis and Senegalese teenager Youssouph Mamadou Badji were all part of coach Philippe Clement’s team that is poised to be crowned champions and have automatically qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile, second placed Gent of Cameroon defender Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Ghanaian defender Nana Kwesi Asare, Ivorian midfielder Anderson Niangbo and Gambian midfielder Sulayman Marreh has qualified for the champions league qualifiers.
The Europa League places will go to Sporting Charleroi’s in third spot with their African continent of Senegal’s Modou Dianne, Cristophe Diandy and Mamadou Fall, Angola’s Nurio Fortuna, Togo’s David Henen, Côte d’Ivoire’s Jean Thierry Lazare Amani and Madagascar’s Marco Ilaimaharitra.
Charleroi will be joint by Royal Antwerp of Senegal’s Abdoulaye Seck and Amara Baby, Ghana’s Daniel Opare, Nigeria’s Junior Udeme Pius, DRC’s Luete Ava Dongo and Dieumerci Mbokani, Cameroon’s Martin Hongla and Didier Lamkel Ze and Mali’s Sambou Yatabare.
Meanwhile, Waasland-Beveren of Rwanda’s Djihad Bizimana, Senegal’s Paul Fadiala Keita, Ghana’s Thomas Agyepong and Côte d’Ivoire’s Ciryack Olivier Dhauholou will be relegated.
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