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NFF Shuts Down Football Activities In Nigeria For Four Weeks

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has suspended all forms of football activities in the country for the next four weeks.

The cessation was as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over eight thousand lives across the world.

A statement on NFF website read: "The shutdown affects all on-field activities by the various national teams, the Nigeria Professional Football League, the other Leagues, youth football programmes and even street football.

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

"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.”

Pinnick also advised all members of the football family to observe the various safety precautions and conduct 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.

Abiding by the order of the football governing body, the LMC has also suspended the Nigeria Professional Football League indefinitely.

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