Covid 19: NFF suspends football activities in Nigeria
NFF suspends football: Football activities in Nigeria shut down for four weeks
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the suspension of all football-related activities in the country for four weeks.
According to the country’s football governing body, the need to take precautions towards Coronavirus outbreak, which has become a global pandemic necessitated the suspension.
A statement on the NFF official website has it that, 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.
Amaju Pinnick, the NFF President said the suspension of football in the country would be for four weeks after which the situation will be reviewed in line with events and trends worldwide.
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Furthermore, the NFF President 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.
However, Pinnick stated that the only football activity that would 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.
The suspension of football in Nigeria has been put forward as one of the ways to contain the COVID 19 in the country, as, on Wednesday, the Federal Government also announced travel ban from 13 countries.
The travel ban will apply to travellers from countries with more than 1,000 COVID 19 recorded cases – and the countries include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, the United States, Norway, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland, the country’s National Centre for Disease Control said on its Twitter account.
Also, a couple of states in Nigeria have suspended religious activities that have a population that is beyond 50, while some regions have suspended public and private schools from operating.
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