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Reports: Football Federation Australia set to suspend A-League season due to COVID-19

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) is reportedly all set to announce the suspension of the 2019-20 season of A-League due to the COVID-19 situation.

Government restrictions on public gatherings and travel has wreaked havoc in the A-League schedule with three matches — Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix, Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory vs Western United — forced into cancellation over the past week.

And the Newcastle Jets’ 2-1 victory over Melbourne City FC at the Newcastle International Sports Centre on Monday looks likely to be the final of the Australian top division games before FFA announces the postponement of the league due to COVID-19.

Sydney FC maintain eight point lead at the top of the A-League with draw against Melbourne City

“The closure of the Western Australian, Queensland, South Australian and New Zealand borders on Monday will be the final straw for 2019-20 A-League,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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The report also suggested that FFA had looked at holding all the remaining matches of the A-League regular season at New South Wales, however not all clubs are on board with the idea of travelling and playing during the outbreak.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced several leagues across the world to a standstill while few competitions — the likes of Myanmar National League and Singapore Premier League — are still being held behind closed doors.

Defending champions Sydney FC are leading the A-League table with 48 points after playing 20 matches. Melbourne City are second with 40 points having played two matches extra. Top six teams from the league stages are to qualify for the Finals Series.

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Read more: Sydney FC break Perth Glory hearts to win 2018-19 A-League

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OFFICIAL: Asian World Cup qualifiers matches will be rescheduled to 2021

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In light of the current COVID-19 situation in many countries, FIFA and the Asian Confederation (AFC) have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021.  With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches. Further details on the new dates for the next round of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 will be announced in due course.

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UAE’s Ajman Club Signs Cameroonian Striker In Their U-19 Team

Ajman Football Club base in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, have boosted their striking options with the signing of Cameroon striker, Lavissa Kiven in their U-19 team.

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Before joining Ajman U-19 Football Club, Lavissa Kiven was at F. Frank Football Academy based in Yaounde.
Speaking to the press, the young striker said, his ambition is work hard to be among the best strikers in the world. According to him, “the only way to succeed is to remain discipline and work hard towards achieving the best.”
According to information obtained from the club, the 19-year-old Lavissa had progressed to play up to four matches with the U-21 side in the same club. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that led to the suspension of the football season, the young striker was already training with the senior team.

In 14 games so far played in UAE, the attacker who also plays as left and right-winger has scored eight goals already.

Lavissa Kiven joins Cameroon International, Sébastien Clovis Siani who signed for the senior team recently. Sebastien Siani was formerly at Al-Jazira FC, a local rival club in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Only four African Africans are in the senior team.

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Cambodia suspend all football tournaments across country to combat COVID-19

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Cambodia has become the latest country in Southeast Asia to suspend all footballing activities including the 2020 Cambodian League season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Several countries from ASEAN including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines have suspended their domestic leagues in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus while countries like Singapore and Myanmar had decided to play behind closed doors.

Cambodia were the only country to have their domestic league running in full steam in the midst of the global pandemic, but they have now decided to suspend all tournaments until further notice.

“The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) inform the public that in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the FFC have decided to postpone the 14th Hun Sen Cup, Metfone Cambodian League 2020 and the U-16 National Championship, U-18 National Championship and the delay of the 2020 General Assembly of the Football Federation of Cambodia until further notice,” the FFC said.

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The 2020 season of the Cambodian League has already completed five rounds of matches with Phnom Penh Crown FC leading the table with 13 points. Defending champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC also have the same number of points, but are second on goal difference.

The Hun Sen Cup, meanwhile, is the country’s domestic cup competition that is split into two stages. The provincial stage featuring clubs from the lower division was held in February, but the national stage during which the top division clubs were to join the competition now stands suspended.

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