Dr. Rafiu Ladipo

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria


The President General, PG, Worldwide, of Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters’ Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo has condemned the organizers, players, and spectators that gathered to witness CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Cup in Kano.

He said this during a live program on Lagos Television which was monitored by kick442.com

“COVID-19 is real and it is all over the world. People are dying. What happened in Kano should be condemned in all its entirety. The people that organized this should be brought to book. Why do we have this? Where is social distancing? How would they not contract the virus? When they contact it, they transmit it to other people. This should be condemned.” He said

Dr. Rafiu Ladipo also urged Nigerians to stay at home, maintain social distancing as the current COVID-19 lockdown is for momentum and the fans need to stay safe so as to witness more sporting activities after COVID-19.

“We have spoken to them that the stoppage of sporting events is for a momentum which is going to stop. After this, we will come back to our sports. But if you do this and end up in the grave, where would you be when other matches and sporting events take place?”

“I think what has happened in Kano should be condemned and it is part of big ignorance on the part of those people that went there and the people that allowed it should be brought to book because there is Federal Government directive on this. We should not play football, we should not do any sports now.”

He concluded by saying that since major sporting events are on hold due to the virus, fans should not spread the virus during this period so that things can return to normal.

“Even the biggest sports, the Olympics has been postponed. The English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, French Ligue One, and Nigeria Professional Football League, have all been postponed due to the virus, yet we are having this COVID-19 Cup in Kano. It is ignorance and should be condemned. I am not part of those that will encourage this.” He concluded.

Dr. Rafiu Ladipo with Supporters Club Members during a national team match

No fewer than 30 football have been charged to court for involving in a football match in defiance of the lockdown order imposed in Kano State to contain the spread of the CoronaVirus after the State Governor had on April 14 ordered a total lockdown of the state for seven days, starting from April 16, as part of urgent measures to stern the spread of the pandemic.


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