Coronavirus: Nigeria Joins Football World To Suspend Activities For Four Weeks

By Monsurah Olatunji

Nigeria Football Federation has officially shut down all football activities for four weeks as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

According to the country’s football–governing body, the shutdown affects all on-field activities the various National Teams, the Nigeria Professional Football League, the Nigeria Women’s Football Leagues, youth football programmes and even street football.

The expected decision taken by the board was due to the increasing spread of coronavirus which already hit 163 countries, with Nigeria confirming its eighth positive case on Wednesday.

Many major leagues across the globe were suspended with some matches played behind closed doors as some players tested positive to the virus across the world. Nigeria and Turkey seems the last countries to join in suspending football in their respective leagues.

All matches scheduled to hold in the mid week of Wednesday the 18th of March all went as planned in Nigeria as some were played behind closed doors.

President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick said the cessation will be for four weeks after which the situation will be reviewed in line with events and trends worldwide.

He also advised all members of the football family to observe the various safety precautions and self preventive measures 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 further disclosed that the only football activity that will 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.