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FG Okays Football Leagues Restart

Dr-Sani-Aliyu3The coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, has announced the decision of the Federal Government in its approval for the resumption of football leagues.

However, he said that the matches will resume without spectators at the stadiums. To this end, he said;

“Restriction is removed on outdoor communal (non-contact)sports and use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise and sporting leagues to resume with no fans in stadiums,”

The statement made by the NFF Media and Communications Department and signed by Ademola Olajire, the PPG model states that;

“The league ends at current matchday 25 and the Points Per Game table will be used to rank the teams in order to ensure sporting merit and sporting fairness,”

“The names of the top three clubs on the NPFL final PPG table as at match-day 25 shall be submitted to CAF to represent Nigeria in the 2020/21 CAF Inter-Club competitions (two slots for CAF Champions League and one Slot for CAF Confederation Cup).

“There will be no promotion to, or relegation from, NPFL for the 2019/2020 season. The NPFL 2020/21 season will start from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities.”

The leagues are scheduled to resume for September and October 2020, all dates for the 2020/21 season to start are subject to the directives of the Federal Government in line with COVID-19 protocols.

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