No Date in Sight for Football Resumption as Pinnick Begs For More Patience.


By Tosin Omojola ( newspot)

Nigerian soccer lovers who are eager to see the return of the round leather game after the Covid-19 forced its suspension, will have to continue waiting as there seems to be no date in sight for their loved game to resume.

Football in Nigeria, like in other countries across the globe, was halted seven months ago following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

However, while other countries have been able to bounce back, with football matches being played without fans on the stands, the situation in Nigeria is different.

With religious activities, education and social gathering gradually comibg back to life, football remained suspended, a developnent that has not gone down well with stakeholders of the round leather gane.


Football administrators, football managers, coaches, players and other officials as well as journalists have been agitating for the lifting of the ban on football activities in the country.

However, going by the words of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pininck, the wait may continue as there is no end in sight to the lockdown on football.

Speaking on Tuesday,, the NFF boss made an appeal to football lovers in the country to keep waiting, stressing that the body was waiting for the authorities concerned to give it the go ahead before football activities could resume in the country.

“I would like to plead with our enthusiastic football fans to tarry a while. Until we get the necessary permissions from Health authorities, the Federal Minstry of Youth and Sports as well as the FG, all we can do is prepare.

“However, I’d like to use this opportunity to reiterate to the various football clubs that it will not be business as usual.

“We will ensure that all requirements, agreements and protocols, with regards to Club Licensing are fully met and complied,” said Pinnick.

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