No on-field football activity will be allowed across Nigeria for four weeks as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The announcement was made on the national football governing body’s official website on Wednesday night.
According to the statement, the shutdown affects all on-field activities of the various National Teams, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the other Leagues, youth football programmes and even street football.
President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick said the cessation will be for four weeks after which the situation will be reviewed in line with events and trends worldwide.
Pinnick also stated that the only football activity that will be permitted is the work of the NFF investigation committee into the death of Chineme Martins, which was inaugurated yesterday in Benin City and will submit its report within the next 10 days.
The coronavirus disease, which originated from China and has killed over 6,000 persons, has hit the world of sports on a global scale, as most local and continental leagues across the world had been suspended.
Several African African topflight leagues had already put their seasons on hold, but the NPFL continued even till Wednesday, with 10 matchday 25 fixtures played across the country.
The League management company however announced hours after the end of the games that it has suspended the league till further notice.
But the NFF has now put the icing on the cake, declaring that all football activities in the country, including street football be on hold for at least a month.