Gabonese league resumes May 14, about 3 years after its abandonment

The 2021/2022 season in the Gabonese National Division One Football Championship (Linaf) will resume with Day One matches on May 14.

Charles Nzego, Secretary-General of the National League of Professional Football (Linaf), disclosed that it was now very necessary for the league to return.

He said this would help the league, which has been structured in a new format, to meet up with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) calendar for the ongoing season.

“The 14 clubs taking part in the championship have been placed in two pools of seven teams each.

“Pool A is made up of CF Mounana, AS Pelican, Bouenguidi Sport, FC 105, AO Stade Mandji, Stade Migoveen and Union Sportive d’Oyem.

“In Pool B, Akanda FC, U.S.B, AS Dikaki, Lozosport, AS Manga Sport, Missile FC and Cercle Mbèri Sportif will battle it out for the top spot,” he said.

For week one in pool A, CF Mounana will face AS Pelican at the Monedan stadium on May 14, while Bouenguidi Sport will host FC 105 at the Tata Migolet stadium.

The game between AO Stade Mandji and Stade Migoveen will be played at the PC Divoungui stadium.

Union Sportif D’Oyem will be on standby on the first day of play.

In pool B, U.S.B will take on Akanda FC at the Gaston Perylle stadium, while Cercle Mbèri will host AS Dikaki at the Idris Ngari stadium.

Lozosport and AS Manga sport will clash at the Mbeba stadium for the opening games in the same pool, while Missile FC will be on standby.

The Gabonese top-tier championship was last played in 2019, but was abandoned halfway, with the Gabonese football federation (FEGAFOOT) deciding not to promote or relegate teams that season.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bouenguidi sport and AS Mangasport were leaders of their respective pools at the time the championship was stopped in 2019.

They have been representing Gabon in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively.

Cercle Mbéri Sportif remains the current Champions of the Gabonese league, after winning it in the 2018/2019 season. (NAN)

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