Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko has urged NPFL clubs to ignore reports from the media that the league has been suspended.
The news of suspension of the league started to fly around after a statement issued by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), following the death of Chineme Martins while playing for Nasarawa United at the weekend.
The statement from the NFF reads:
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) regrets the incident in Lafia involving a player of Nasarawa United and further condole the immediate family of the late player and the football Stakeholders at large.
“The NFF has, in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports, engaged the LMC and reviewed the situation. As an immediate first step, it has directed that no further match be played except there is a full complement of the medical equipment and personnel as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations.
“All Match Commissioners and the host FA are to ensure they inspect all the facilities including carrying out test runs before giving go-ahead for any match to be played.”
LMC Chairman Dikko clarified the statement.
“The above statement does not translate to a blanket suspension of the league but not to allow a game to start at any venue that is in breach”, stated Dikko.
He further noted that “While the incident in Lafia remains unfortunate, it needs be stated that Match Commissioners are always armed with a checklist of pre-match requirements covering security, state of changing room and pitches as well as the medicals. What is in place now is stricter enforcement of the requirements.”