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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board have voted for the completion of the suspended Nigeria Professional Football League and other leagues in the country as soon as the ban on sporting activities are lifted by the government.

At its Executive Committee meeting which held by video conference last Thursday, the NFF Board mandated its Football Committee to liaise with the heads of the various Leagues (Nigeria Professional Football League; Nigeria National League; Nigeria Women Football League and; Nigeria Nation-wide League One) and other important stakeholders on the return of the domestic football season.

“This however is subject to announcement by the Federal Government on resumption of football and other sporting activities in the country,” stressed the communique issued at the end of the board meeting.

The NFF board meeting commended the proactive and comprehensive policies, strategies and measures instituted by the Federal Government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) that has left pain and sorrow in most nations of the world in the past couple of months.

It equally praised the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), all first responders and all other public health workers in the frontline for their efforts in reducing community transmission and saving lives.

The Board acknowledged the advice of world football-governing body, FIFA on how the $500,000 relief fund sent to the NFF, among other FIFA monies available to the NFF, should be spent.

During the League Management Company’s online conference with NPFL clubs and other major stakeholders penultimate week, the league organizers had listed four options before them on how to end the season if the pandemic persists.

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One of the options was to complete the fixtures as soon as government finds the situation conducive for sports to return.

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