In response to the increasing cases of COVID-19, Nigeria’s football ruling body, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), has announced the suspension of all football activities in the country for four weeks.
This was contained in a statement by Amaju Pinnick, the Federation’s President. The suspension would cut across all leagues, national teams, youth football training schemes as well as street football. The suspension will be reviewed after four weeks in line with global best practices.
Pinnick enjoined all football stakeholders across the country to take heed of safety precautions as advised by the country’s Health Ministry and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) such as hand-washing, use of sanitizers and social distancing.
The NFF added that the only football related activity that will be allowed to continue in the interim is the federation’s investigative committee’s inquiry into the death of Nasarawa United star, Chineme Martins. A committee to look into the remote and immediate causes of the player’s death on the field of play was inaugurated in Benin City, Edo Statel. The committee has 10 days to submit its findings.
Agenda Watchdog recalls that the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival which was scheduled to be hold in Benin from March 22, 2020, to April 1, 2020, was suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across the globe, sports activities have been temporarily put on hold consequent to the increasing wave of COVID-19 infections which have made inroads into the global sports sector.
*** Franca Joseph