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Coronavirus hits the African continent as Nigeria suspends all football

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Nigeria has taken the first step on the African continent to pull the plug on their football season because of the coronavirus.

The impact of the coronavirus is spreading far and wide as today it hit the West African nation of Nigeria.

The home of the Super Eagles, as Nigeria’s national team is known, has had to suspend all footballing activity. The earliest scheduled date to consider a return to action is April 15th.

The Nigerian Football Federation announced the measures, following the country’s president issuing an executive order.

According to Goal, Ademola Olajire of the NFF said:

“The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the cessation of all forms of football activities in the country for the next four weeks.”

“This is as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.”
 
“According to the country’s supreme football-governing body, the shutdown affects all on-field activities.”

“The various national teams, the Nigeria Professional Football League, the other Leagues, youth football programs, and even street football.”
 
“President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick said the cessation will be for four weeks.”

“After which the situation will be reviewed in line with events and trends worldwide.”

 

Today’s announcement follows one of the country’s favorite sons John Obi Mikel tearing up his contract at the Turkish side Trabzonspor.

This came after he refused to continue playing under the circumstances.