GUINEA : Cranes goalkeeper misses out on championship as league ends prematurely

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Robert Odongkara has missed out on a chance to win his first league championship in Guinea after the season was abandoned due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Odongkara plies his trade for Horoya Athletic Club who were the table leaders at the time of the abandonment.

The President of the Guinea League 1-Pro, Mathurin Bangoura confirmed that the season has been nullified since it’s impossible to resume the games in time before the wet season.

The abandonment applies for both the Guinea Ligue 1 and 2 divisions since football is on an indefinite suspension following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

Bangoura confirmed that there will be no relegation or promotion this season while the top three best placed teams at the end of the first round will represent Guinea in the CAF Interclubs tournaments.

It should be noted that CAF wrote to various federations inquiring about the conclusion of the respective leagues two days ago.

Horoya were top of the table with 29 points collected from 13 games, four clear of second placed Wakirya AC who had played a game more.

Robert Odongkara during training

However, Odongkara and teammates will not be awarded the league title but will represent Guinea in the CAF Champions League alongside Wakirya AC.

SAG de Siguiri will take the first slot in the Confederation Cup while the fourth club will be decided in the coming days when the Premier League and the Guinea Football Federation meet.

Before the break, Horoya had confirmed a berth in the semi finals of the CAF Confederation Cup where they were drawn against Abdul Lumala’s Pyramids.

Odongokara joined the Conakry based side from Ethiopia’s Adama City on a two year contract but has had playing time hard to come his way.

The former SC Villa and URA custodian has been sparingly used behind first choice goalkeeper Moussa Camara.

In fact, his only competitive appearance came in a 3-2 victory over Satellite Football Club on 26th December.

As of April 30th, a total of 1351 coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in Guinea with 313 recoveries and seven death reports registered.

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