During a live Instagram session on Thursday, NFF’s President, Amaju Pinnick reiterated that it was the decision of the vast majority of the clubs in the NPFL, which was also subjected to careful analysis and consultations.
He said, “We did not just sit down and take a decision; we consulted widely even after the clubs opted for PPG following the work of the NFF Football Committee. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development was also brought into the picture.”
The NFF also promised that financial support would be given to clubs in the NPFL, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League, and the Nigeria Nationwide League for next season’s football campaign, due to challenges that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the Federation is at the moment expecting a total sum of $1 million from world football-governing body, FIFA, and another $500,000 from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
“We would take from these various monies and add also from monies that we are expecting from our corporate partners and see what we can give to each of the clubs in these four cadres.
“This financial support is for them to get their campaigns off the ground for the new season that we have set for September/October, depending on what signals we get from the Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force on the COVID-19 and other relevant organs. We are also going to support the league organising bodies financially,” Pinnick stated.
Although he said that the football body has written to the Federal government to also support the cause, he admitted that the government was presently burdened with so many challenges wrought by COVID-19.