Nigeria has become the latest country to put all football activities on hold “as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.”
The west African nation’s apex football, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday announced the decision to “shut down all forms of football activities for the next for weeks.”
The federation explained that the decision was taken as a safety precaution based on the advice from the country’s ministry of health and centre for disease control.
The decision means all of the country’s national teams, the top division, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), other leagues and youth programmes are suspended.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick said the decision will be reviewed after four weeks in accordance with worldwide trend.
TOP-FLIGHT SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY
The top division in the country, the NPFL, also announced that it was suspending the season “indefinitely.”
“(The) Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended till further notice in line with global health preventive protocol against the coronavirus (COVID-19),” it stated on its official website.
No time frame was however given for the return of the NPFL.
Fear over the pandemic coronavirus heighted in the west African nation on Wednesday after health authorities declared that five more people have been confirmed.
Nigeria’s busiest city, Lagos has already banned religious gatherings of more than 50 people.