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Nigeria Professional Football League clubs will spend a staggering N2.5m for COVID-19 tests per game as they gear up towards finding a way to complete the season, The PUNCH reports.

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The PUNCH understands that the tests will be crucial in ensuring the NPFL football season can restart amid concerns over the players’ safety.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in an interview with Brila FM, said players and coaches of all NPFL clubs must undergo tests before the league could resume.

“There will be no compromise on certain things when it comes to the health code, there will be no compromise,” Dare said.

“I can tell you, there will be no audience participation; content will have to be beamed through radio, television and other means.

“Tests will be conducted on the players and the coaches as the case may be and I don’t see us having multiple venues. We might think of centres to have all the other games.

“I don’t know what they are going to bring forward, I’m just rolling out a few guidelines that I think must guide the return of the league.”

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, a COVID-19 test costs approximately N50,000.

Each NPFL team is expected to administer up to 50 tests (40 players and 10 officials) before every game, meaning each club will pay N2.5m for the tests.

In total, the 20 NPFL clubs would cough up a combined N50m for the tests, per game.

An NPFL team, The PUNCH gathered, registers 40 players for a season and they have a minimum of 10 backroom staffs, which includes the head coach, two assistants, a goalkeeper trainer, team secretary, team manager, curator, team analyst, welfare officer, media officer, doctor, masseur and a physiotherapist.

Warri Wolves chairman, Moses Etu, called for the cancellation of the NPFL as several clubs will not be able to meet such demands.

“I don’t have much to say, the politics is on and we are waiting, they said they want to meet with the Federal Government, but till now, we are still expecting a response from them,” Etu told

“With what is happening now, there is no way we can restart the league, I’m of the opinion that the league should be cancelled.

“Hopefully, by September things will have improved and then we can restart the league again. It’s not a do-or-die affair. Those fighting that they want to finish the season in their bid to represent the country in CAF competitions should pray that this pandemic should not extend further because no one will be able to travel out of the country to honour matches.

“I believe those teams that represented the country on the continent last season should be made to fly the country’s flag again.

“If we are to restart the league, we will keep the players for 14 days for COVID-19 testing. Which hotel will allow their facility for an isolation centre? The fee for the testing is another case because there’s no money for that.

“And if you send these players to the regular isolation centre, will these players be psychologically prepared for the restart?”

A top official of Sunshine Stars, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also backed the move for the league to be called off.

“We don’t have such money for that now, COVID-19 has also hampered a lot of things,” our source said.

“I will suggest that the LMC calls the league off. Let’s start afresh and prepare for the new season. Players and staff will be in quarantine for the week, with regular coronavirus tests, the pitches must be disinfected as well. So, it will cost the clubs a lot for the restart except the government can intervene.”

The Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, and top officials of the Nigerian Football Federation met the sports minister on Sunday to discuss possible next steps during the coronavirus pandemic.

ANE gathered that recommendations on the league resumption were discussed, and potentially rubber-stamped in the meeting.


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