By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
The Clubs in the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL have unanimously agreed that they will pay players and officials during this period of the CoronaVirus pandemic which has seen activities suspended.
The decision was one of the decisions reached at the meeting of clubs with the leadership of the League Management Company (LMC) through digital video conferencing.
The meeting became necessary due to the stalemate condition that the recent pandemic has left club football in the country.
At the meeting, all the clubs agreed to align with any decision reached to conclude the NPFL season whenever federal authorities advises for the opening of the country for business and other engagements including resumption of sporting activities.
According to the LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko “It was unanimously agreed that we would continue to liaise with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Ministry on the possibilities that would work for us and taking into consideration decisions that may be reached by CAF and FIFA with regards to international tournaments, calendar and regulations etc. So, any option and or format that may be chosen will also consider the available time frame within this framework”
On the possibility of an exceptional support to the NPFL, the body agreed that the privately funded clubs in the NPFL will get priority attention in the distribution.
Also on the clubs personnel , it was also resolved that whenever the league would resume, all the players, coaches and backroom staff are to be tested for COVID 19 among other strategies to be adopted to guarantee the well being and health of everyone involved with the NPFL. In this regard the LMC will liaise with the Minister of Sports to facilitate this objective.
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