The Nigerian Football Federation has put all football activities in the country on hold as a result of the universal Coronavirus outbreak.
According to the country’s supreme football –governing body, the shutdown affects all on-field activities the various National Teams, the Nigeria Professional Football League, the other Leagues, youth football programmes and even street football.
The decision taken by the board was due to the increasing spread of the virus which already hit 163 countries around the world, with Nigeria confirming its eighth positive case on Wednesday in Katsina.
Many major leagues across the globe were suspended with some matches played indoors as some players and managers tested positive to the virus. Nigeria and Turkey seems to be the last countries to join the globe in putting all activities on hold in their respective leagues.
President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick said the cessation will be for four weeks after which the situation will be reviewed in line with events and trends worldwide.
He also advised all members of the football family to observe the various safety precautions and conduct as advised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, such as hand-washing, the use of sanitizers and social distancing.
Pinnick also stated that the only football activity that will be permitted is the work of the NFF investigation committee into the death of Chineme Martins, which was inaugurated yesterday in Benin City and will submit its report within the next 10 days.
By: Hanifat Mustapha