Sports Ministry warns NFF, LMC ahead of NPFL kickoff

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Sports Ministry warns NFF, LMC ahead of NPFL kickoff
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, 2nd VP Shehu Dikko alongside former international Chikelue Iloenyosi during a briefing meeting with the Hon. Minister of Sports, Hon. Sunday Dare

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has warned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), League Management Company (LMC) and the clubs not to open their stadium for any football game without strict adherence to the sports protocols, the sportsbay.com reports.

The sports ministry stated this following the approval of the resumption of sporting activities across the country by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

In a statement, the ministry also directed that there must be a total implementation of the club licensing control before the new football season can resume.

According to the statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Gabriel Aduda, “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 is played. The ministry would ensure that all protocols and guidelines are obeyed as directed by PTF and NCDC.”

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The statement disclosed that the ministry has set up a COVID-19 monitoring and approval team, which would ensure compliance before any game is played.

The ministry further warned that the NPFL would not resume until basic conditions were fulfilled while directing the NFF to communicate these decisions to the clubs to forestall any crisis.

“We have a responsibility to enforce the implementation of the club licensing control as stipulated in the statutes setting up the Nigerian Professional Football League.

“The domestic league will not commence until the regulations and controls bothering on financial and licensing control are enforced.

“The NFF must enforce these regulations and controls as stipulated, otherwise the Nigerian professional and amateur leagues will not be approved to resume.

“These include proper licensing of players, insurance for players and coaches, compliance with FIFA rules on players’ contract and transfer, running the clubs as professional endeavours, among others,” the statement said.

 

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