NPFL resumption set to kicks off after the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 chaired by Boss Mustapha in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development announced they have lifted the ban imposed on contact Sports.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the lifting of the ban is sequel to the reduction in the cases of COVID-19 across the federation,
We welcome the lifting of D ban on football by the PTF. “The lifting of restriction on outdoor activities including football is in line with earlier consultations with Ministry of Youth and Sports and NCDC.However, this is limited to the actual sports itself & not mass gathering”— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) October 15, 2020
Before Thursday’s pronouncement, many had been agitated with the prolonged ban but after almost seven months of inactivity caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the ban on football and other contact sports in Nigeria has finally been lifted.
They wondered why almost all the other sectors had been given the green light to resume and political rallies even being held but football and other contact sports left hanging.
As the NPFL Resumption commences, it is expected that football activities will resume across the nation without crowds at the stadia. With this development, the League Management Company (LMC) is expected to announce dates for the commencement of 2020/2021 season.
The LMC had on March 18 issued a press statement announcing the suspension of the 2019/20 league owing to the global outbreak of coronavirus.
The Points Per Game option was used in picking the country’s representatives for continental football while there was no promotion nor relegation across all the leagues.