As football activities is about to resume in Nigeria following months-long coronavirus-induced break. The Nigerian government has apprised club owners and the Nigerian Football Federation of strict adherence to COVID-19 safety measures.
The Nigerian government made it known through the Ministry of Youth and Sports that the domestic League will not commence until the regulations and controls bothering on financial and licensing control are enforced.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, in a statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Gabriel Aduda, said the government is not oblivious of the challenges that would be encountered in organising football matches and will not take anything for granted.
He said “We are happy that the ban on sports has been lifted after so many months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 scourge. The ministry is not oblivious of the challenges that would be encountered in organising football matches. We cannot take anything for granted”.
“As a way of safeguarding the lives of our players, coaches, officials and fans, approval must be sought and given before any game will be played. The ministry will ensure that all protocols and guidelines are obeyed as directed by PTF and NCDC.”
“The ministry has set up a COVID-19 monitoring and approval team that will enforce compliance before any game will be played”.
The NFF must enforce these regulations and controls as stipulated, otherwise, the Nigerian Professional and Amateur leagues will not be approved to resume