Sunday Dare Says NPFL Will Restart On These Conditions

Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, will meet key Nigerian football stakeholders to decide on the immediate future of the NPFL.

Dare will have a sit-down or video call chat, with NFF President Amaju Pinnick and LMC Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko.

Dare spoke to Brila to say: “The Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick and League Management Company Shehu Dikko been have been invited for a meeting at the Ministry, where they will brief the ministry about what their plans, what options they have for the domestic league, either to go on or wine down.

“Whatever the variation is, we will discuss the merits and the demerits of it and we should do within the reality of our country when it comes to Covid-19, we will look at audience participation if it will be taken out completely.

“We will also look at the various level of the league, the NNL, The women’s league, and that meeting will be very decisive, because when they present their options forward, it also important to go back to the stakeholders, to let them know this is what we plan to do and also get feedback from them.

The Minister made sure to reveal that all sporting competitions will take place behind closed doors, and under very strict safety measures, etc.

“But, there will be no compromise on certain things, when it comes to the health code, there will be no compromise. I can tell you, there will be no audience participation, contents will have to be beamed to Radio, Television, and other means.

“Tests will be conducted on the players and the coaches as the case may be and I don’t see us having multiple venues because of movements. We might think of centers to have all the other games.

“I don’t know what they are going to bring forward, I’m just rolling guidelines that will guide the return of the league,” concluded The Minister.

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