Nigeria Lifts Ban On Soccer And Other Sporting Events
After a seven-month lockdown, national soccer may come back to life in Nigeria as the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has lifted restrictions on contact sports, especially soccer.
However, the minister insisted that all health protocols such as the use of masks, social distancing and the absence of fans in the stadiums will continue to be respected.
The League Management Company (LMC) had issued a press release on March 18 announcing the suspension of the league due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
That was after some clubs had graced the matches on Matchday 25 of the Nigerian top flight.
The minister’s tweet explains: “We welcome the lifting of the football ban by the PTF. The lifting of restrictions on outdoor activities, including soccer, is in line with previous consultations with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the NCDC. However, this is limited to sports per se, not to mass gatherings. ”
In essence, football matches, as is done in Europe at the moment, will be played without an audience.
Nigeria is expected to host Sierra Leone next month on Matchday 3 of the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifying series in Benin City before flying to Freetown for the reverse match.