The Malta Football Association convened a meeting of its Council via videoconference on Monday to decide on the sporting outcomes of the 2019-20 championships organised by the Association, which have been prematurely terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MFA has ratified the GFA’s decision pronouncing Nadur Youngsters Champions of the Gozo Football League 1st Division for the 2019-2020 Season. The confirmation from the MFA came after weeks of patient waiting from the fans who follow the game in Gozo. This happened because the MFA terminated Gozitan Football last month due to the current global health crisis.

The MFA Council voted on this proposal on Monday, where the results where 76% in favour and  6% against (18% did not vote on this matter). The Council, as the top decision-making body of the Malta FA, comprises of 53 members in representing each club, 23 representing the Member Associations and the six officers of the Association.

The GFA came by the ruling to uphold the outcome from the current standings following an extraordinary vote on validating this year’s partial results in the GFA’s Council, where every team voted in favour except for Oratory Youths. This decision was taken in light of the recent situation and disruption caused by COVID-19.

Nadur Youngsters last won the title in 2012-2013, 7 years ago. Nadur’s team was en route to being statistically one of the best teams to play in Gozo, since the founding of the FA in 1936.  Nadur’s squad, coached by Mark Buttigieg, won the GFA Super Cup at the beginning of this season.

This decision promotes Sannat Lions FC, champions of the 2nd division. The MFA Council has also chosen to promote Oratory Youths, runners up of the 2nd level.

2nd Division 

Sannat Lions are champions of the lower level of the BOV Gozo Football League and will be promoted to the higher level next season, which will hopefully start in September 2020. The Council also voted in favour of promoting Oratory Youths to the higher division. 

The way forward

The GFA welcomes the decision by the MFA. In cooperation with the Health Authorities, the GFA will be looking at the possibility of next season. We hope to restart the beautiful game as soon as possible but once it is deemed safe to do so. 

This story is developing. Information regularly updated.

Season Outcomes

1st Divison
Champions: Nadur Youngsters F.C.
Runners-up: Xewkija Tigers F.C.

2nd Division
Champions: Sannat Lions F.C. (promoted to 1st Division)
Runners-up: Oratory Youths F.C. (promoted to 1st Division as well)

Playoffs
No Play-offs will be played

Final Standings

The final standings for the 2019-2020 Season are as follows:

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
11514014864242
215111346192734
31561540182228
4158163126525
5156182031-1119
61532101745-2811
71531111027-1710
81521121656-407

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
116140251163540
215113141172436
3167273230223
41532103146-1511
51532102343-2011
61531112046-2610

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Article Last updated 00:46 26/5/2020