By Sunday Akintoye
Following the announcement that the contact sports which including football were lifted on Thursday evening by Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 chaired by Boss Mustapha, the football family in Lagos took to social media and expressed their happiness after being idle for almost seven months.
Although there were serious campaigns by football stakeholders to bring football back considering the fact that the Federal Government has lifted ban in all sectors of the economy some weeks ago except contact sports.
Immediately the government lifted ban on football and other contact sports many stakeholders who chatted with our correspondent said the government decision came at the time when many stakeholders were beginning to lose their patience while some of them thanked the Ministry of Youths and Sports for its effort to ensure that government lifts ban on football.
In his own comment, Chairman Iganmu FC, Abayomi Egbayelo said he is happy that government has lifted ban on football and urged the clubs to start early preparation for the new season which may begin next month.
“Let me congratulate football family nationwide for lifting ban on football and other contact sports and I think it is high time for clubs to begin preparation for the new season,” he said.
Team360 FC boss, Hamzat Akeem commended the government for reopening sports centres after lifting ban on football saying that his team and other clubs are ready to follow the COVID-19 protocol and public safety.
While Team Lagos male football coach, Suleiman Ahmed expressed joy over the reopening of contact sports and urged the clubs in Lagos to follow the COVI-19 guidelines as they are preparing to resume training on Monday.
Meanwhile the Chairman of Surulere Regional League Alhaji Salau Abiodun in a statement issue in Lagos said he was delighted over the resumption football saying that the reopening of sports centres and lifting ban on football has brought relief to the football family in the state.
“We are glad that the Presidential Task force on Covid19 heard the yearnings of all football stakeholders through the Ministry of Youth and sport Development. It’s a sign of relief for all football stakeholders in Surulere Regional League and Nigeria. The lifting of ban will enable the Surulere League Management to double its preparation towards the resumption of the Surulere Regional league for 2020/2021,” he said.
As at filing this report, Lagos State Football Association is yet to issue a release concerning the opening of sports centres and lifting ban on football.