Nigeria finally lifts ban on football and other sports


After seven months of lockdown, the Nigerian domestic football may come back to life, as the restriction imposed on contact sports, especially football has been lifted by the Nigerian government.

In a tweet released on this evening, Nigerian Minister in charge of Sports, Sunday Dare reported that the ban imposed on football by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has been lifted.

The body in charge of the Nigeria’s apex football league, the League Management Company (LMC) had on 18 March issued a press statement announcing the suspension of the league owing to the global outbreak of coronavirus.

That was after some clubs had honoured the Matchday 25 fixtures. In his tweet this evening, the Minister wrote:

‘We welcome the lifting of 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’

In essence, the football matches, as is done in Europe at the moment, will be played without crowd. 



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