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NFF halts football activities over coronavirus

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has suspended football activities for four weeks due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the country.

In a statement by the NFF, the president of the football body, Amaju Pinnick, noted that the move affects all leagues in the country, the national teams as well as youth football programmes and street football.

According to Pinnick, the suspension will be reviewed after four weeks in line with global best practices.

He called on all stakeholders in the country’s football sector to key into the safety precautions such as hand-washing, the use of sanitizers and social distancing as advised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The NFF president added that the only football activity that will continue to go on is the work of the NFF investigation committee into the death of Nasarawa United star, Chineme Martins.

A committee, to look into the death of the player who slumped and passed away in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was inaugurated in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The committee will submit its report within the next 10 days.

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