Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has revealed that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will kickoff on 27th December 2020.
He confirmed this while briefing newsmen at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State.
Recall that the league was shut down as a means of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 but unlike other leagues that resumed without spectators, the NPFL didn’t resume at all.
According to Dare, the league’s failure wasn’t completely due to government.
‘Part of the problem of not starting the League outside the covid 19 pandemic is from them, the organisers. We’ve been waiting for them. We’re meeting with the NFF and NPFL to sort things out. What is most Important is that we must do the right things.”
He emphasised that league licensing must be adhered to.
“We must know the number of teams who are ready and have fulfilled the necessary regulations to start. We’ll start with whatever number of teams who have done the right things. December 27 is sacrosanct. The League will start on that date”, the Minister emphasised.