Minister To Clubs: Comply With Financial Controls, Or No League

September 06 10:35 2020

The Federal Minister  of Youth and Sports Development,  Mr. Sunday  Dare  has directed the NFF to  communicate with the clubs the need to comply fully with financial controls and regulations as stipulated in the rule book  before a date can be fixed for the resumption of the  league.  

The Minister who spoke through his Permanent Secretary Gabriel Aduda said that while that all steps for the resumption of the Nigerian domestic League is ongoing,  that the league would not resume until basic conditions are fulfilled. “Indeed, the steps to return our football league to prime position is ongoing and the domestic  League will not commence until the regulations and controls in the aspect of financial and licensing control are put in place. The NFF must  put clubs on notice and enforce these regulations and controls  as stipulated, otherwise  the Nigerian Professional and  Amateur  Leagues would not be approved  for resumption”. 

While commending President,Mohammadu Buhari, and the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 for reopening  football and team sports and the NYSC Orientation which has been  in the cooler  since the outbreak of Covid-19, he expressed happiness that the athletes can now return to action and do what they know how best to do and the youth can return to camp.  “The last few months have been very tough for our athletes as well as the Ministry” Aduda said.

He said the Ministry shall ensure full compliance with all necessary protocols and tests before approval is given for resumption or sporting activity or football matches. “Approval must be sought and given before any game is played, all protocols must be put in place and guidelines obeyed as directed by PTF and NCDC.” He concluded by revealing that the Ministry has set up a COVID-19 monitoring and approval team for every sport engagement and event.  

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