Rwanda: Ferwafa Undecided Over the Fate of Second Division, Women’s League

There were plans to resume both the men’s second division and women’s football leagues this month but the recurrence of the highly infectious COVID-19 Delta variant in Rwanda has left the football governing body running out of options.

According to numbers from Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), a total of 12,084 cases were reported within the month of June, doubling the previous prominent month of January 2021 with 6,927 cases.

The government has since imposed strict guidelines to contain the pandemic after June recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases since the first patient was discovered in March last year.

The new Covid-19 Delta variant forced the national football team to pull out of the CECAFA U-23 tournament which kicks off in Bahir-Dar, Ethiopia this weekend while different local competitions from different sports disciplines were postponed again.

Every football fan in the country is wondering which teams will replace relegated AS Muhanga and Sunrise FC since FERWAFA remains undecided over whether the second division league will take place or be canceled for the second time in a row while the same applies to the women’s football league.

The current spike in cases of covid-19 and the existence of covid-19 Delta variant signaled that both competitions could be moved to a later date but clubs in both the second division and women football league are in a dilemma as Ferwafa is yet to communicate new developments.

For instance, the women’s football league is scheduled for July 31, but no team has started training sessions due to stringent restrictions to mitigate spread of Covid-19.