NPFL players laud LMC over league suspension

Footballers in the Nigeria Professional Football League have lauded the League Management Company for suspending the league following the coronavirus outbreak.

The LMC on Wednesday announced the indefinite suspension of the NPFL after match-day 25 games across the country.

The LMC announced the decision via a statement published on their website.

“NPFL has been suspended till further notice in line with global health preventive protocol against the coronavirus disease.

“In suspending the remaining league matches, the LMC said it would review the decision after consulting the nation’s health authorities, namely, the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC,” the statement said.

The footballers said the league suspension would help prevent the spread of the virus among players.

Enugu Rangers midfielder, Kehinde Adedipe, said, “It’s the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation and for the safety of everyone, we have no option than to abide by it.”

Jigawa Golden Stars defender, Allahnana Peter also expressed satisfaction with the decision.

 “Preventive measures against the virus have to be taken by suspending the league like others have done. I pray we will be able to tackle it on time so that the league can resume back.”

Lobi Stars defender, Daniel Atsaka, added, “We love football, it’s very important to us. But life is much more important to us because of our families. If lives are at stake, we have to do the reasonable thing.”

Sunshine Stars midfielder Anthony Omaka, however called on the authorities to ensure the league is concluded.

“Now players have been told to go home and we don’t know when we will return. I also hope we can come back and continue the league not that the title will be awarded to another team like they did two years ago,” he said.

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