BREAKING: Burundi footballers play on amid coronavirus pandemic

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BREAKING: Burundi footballers play on amid coronavirus pandemic

  Burundi are the only African country to continue playing football during the coronavirus pandemic, with the league heading toward a potentially thrilling climax.

Musongati FC drew 3-3 with Athletico Academy in midweek to close the gap behind leaders Le Messager Ngozi to three points with three rounds of the Primus Ligue remaining.

Ngozi are seeking a second title and Musongati a first, and both have two home and one away fixtures ahead with the 30-round season scheduled to finish on June 28.

While top-level football in all other African countries was suspended or cancelled by the COVID-19 outbreak, Burundi decided to carry on playing.

Spectators who saw Musongati surrender two points after conceding a late goal to Athletico in the capital city, Gitega, adhered to some anti-virus precautions, but not others.

The temperature of everyone entering the 10,000-capacity Stade Ingoma was checked and sanitiser sprayed on their hands.

But there was no social distancing in the stands and terraces with many spectators seated next to each other.

Many players also flouted behavioural guidance given to footballers, hugging each other and touching the hands of team-mates when celebrating goals.

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