Nigerian athletes were in ecstatic mood on Thursday after the federal government lifted the ban on football and all other contact sports in the country with effect from Monday Oct 19.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, in a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, said the FG had decided to ease the restrictions on football and other contact sports in the country.
Aliyu said the decision was arrived at after consultation with the sports ministry and the National Centre for Disease Control.
He however announced that the games would take place behind closed doors.
Aliyu stated, “It is also time for sports to open, but to open safely and in this regard, we have continued with providing guidelines and engagement with states to ensure close supervision and oversight as sports reopen. (Punch)