The Nigeria government has lifted the ban on football and other contact sports in the country.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 chaired by Boss Mustapha in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development lifted the ban imposed on contact Sports Thursday.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the lifting of the ban is sequel to the reduction in the cases of COVID-19 across the federation,

Sports and Youth Development Minister, Sunday Dare , who saw the lifting of ban on contact sports by the PTF as a welcome development, made this known through his official Twitter handle

“We welcome the lifting of the ban on football by the PTF.

“The lifting of restriction on outdoor activities including football is in line with earlier consultations with Ministry of Youth and Sports and NCDC. However, this is limited to the actual sports itself & not mass gathering”. The minister twitted.

It is now expected that football activities will resume across the nation without crowds at the stadia.

With this development, the League Management Company (LMC) is expected to announce dates for the commencement of 2020/2021 season.