NPFL players excited as football restarts in Nigeria

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Following the lifting of ban on football activities by the Federal Government through the COVID-19 Task Force, the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season may kick off as scheduled, the sportsbay.com reports.

It will be recalled that shortly after the 2019/2020 season was called off on March 18, the League Management Company had said the 2020/2021 season will start from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities.

In exclusive chats with some league players, they expressed their excitement at the resumption of football activities in the country.

According to Kano Pillars’ striker, Nyima Nwagua, he can’t wait to be on the pitch again and slug it out with opponents.

“I am very happy that I will return to the pitch after staying so long. I was no longer enjoying not playing football apart from the usual training to keep fit.

“I was pained seeing other the leagues resume while ours was still shut down. My brother, it’s a relief,” he said.

In the same vein, Wikki Tourist’s striker, Nafiu Kabuga also expressed his joy at lacing his boots to score goals for his club ahead of the coming season.

“I can’t wait to hit the stadium and do what I love to do. I have been away from the game so much. Though I have been training, but it can’t be compared to playing competitively. I will have to work harder now as I may have added a little weight,” he said.

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Similarly, Adamawa United captain, Tunde Adams said, though he is in Lagos with his family, he will be glad to return to active football.

“For now, we have not received any message on our WhatsApp group to inform us when we should resume. But I am looking forward to playing again. It was like as if my career had ended when there were no games to play,” he said.

Warri Wolves midfielder, Daniel Akwaza said, though he is in Benue and would be going to Delta within the shortest time possible, he has been training with some other league stars.

“I have been training with players like David Tyavkase (Lobi Stars); Eneji Otekpa, Agbanyi Matthew (Adamawa United) and Tony Shimaga (Enugu Rangers) and I am very happy and prepared to return to action when the league starts,” he said.

However, former Enyimba stalwart, Thomas Zenke said, though he wants to start playing again, he is not confident the league will start as scheduled based on previous experience.

“At the moment, I am searching for a new club after my contract with Enyimba expired. In as much as I want to play football again, my experiences in the league do not give me that joy that football will start as scheduled,” he quipped.

 

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