FG lifts ban on football, other sports

Matches to be played behind close doors
Federal Government has sanctioned the resumption of non contact sports in the country, as domestic football may be set to return.

Minister for Sports, Sunday Dare said in a tweet on Thursday that the ban imposed on football by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has been lifted.

The League Management Company (LMC) had on 18 March issued a press statement announcing the suspension of the league because of the global outbreak of coronavirus.

The minister wrote:“We welcome the lifting of D 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.”

This means Nigeria will follow the practice presently obtained in Europe, matches will be played without crowd.Nigeria is expected to host Sierra Leone next month in matchday 3 of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

The match will most likely be played behind close doors.

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