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Nigeria’s elite football league, the Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) may kick off on 15 November, exactly a month after the Ministry of Sports announced the lifting of ban on contact sports, which include football.

According to a communiqué issued at the end of a video conference executive committee meeting of the NFF, the boardendorsed a proposal by the League Management Company (LMC) to fix the calendar for the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League to commence anytime from Sunday, 15th November 2020 and end the season by June 2021.

It was however stated that the matches would be played with full adherence to the Nigerian government’s COVID19 protocols and other requirements as may be prescribed.

It was also stated that full compliance with the Club Licensing regulations is mandatory for Clubs willing to take part in the NPFL.

The Executive Committee further mandated the other tiers of the Nigerian football league- the Nigeria National League (NNL), the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) and the NLO to synchronize their calendars with that of the NPFL with each of them commencing within three weeks of the elite League.

However, the Executive Committee made it clear that in line with the Federal Government’s directive, all football activities can commence immediately.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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