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The Federal Government has approved the resumption of football leagues in Nigeria .
The coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 , Sani Aliyu, made this known on Thursday .
He , however , said matches will resume without spectators at the stadiums .
The league was suspended indefinitely after match – day 25 in March, due to COVID – 19 .
“ Restriction is removed on outdoor communal ( non – contact ) sports and use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise and sporting leagues to resume with no fans in stadiums , ” he said .
The Nigeria Football Federation had canceled the 2019 /20 Nigeria Professional Football League season .
There would be no promotion to the top tier league from the Nigeria National League while no team from the NPFL would be relegated , the NFF added .
The federation stated that the clubs positions would be determined by Points Per Game . This would determine clubs that would represent the country in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup .
According to a statement by the NFF Media and Communications Department signed by Ademola Olajire , the PPG model will see Plateau United , Rivers United , and Enyimba represent Nigerian on the continent , while 2019 Aiteo Cup winners Kano Pillars will become Nigeria ’s fourth representative on the continent .
“ The league ends at current matchday 25 and the Points Per Game table will be used to rank the teams in order to ensure sporting merit and sporting fairness , ” the statement read .
“ The names of the top three clubs on the NPFL final PPG table as at match – day 25 shall be submitted to CAF to represent Nigeria in the 2020/21 CAF Inter – Club competitions ( two slots for CAF Champions League and one Slot for CAF Confederation Cup ).
“ There will be no promotion to, or relegation from , NPFL for the 2019 /2020 season . The NPFL 2020/21 season will start from September /October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities.”
The 2019 /20 abridged NNL season , was declared null and void , while the yet – to -commence 2019 /20 season of the Nigeria Women ’s Football League and Nationwide League were aborted.
The leagues were tentatively scheduled to resume for September and October 2020.
According to the statement, all dates for the 2020/21 season to start are subject to the directives of the Federal Government in line with COVID – 19 protocols .

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West Ham : David Moyes , Issa Diop & Josh Cullen Test Positive For Covid-19

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West Ham United manager David Moyes and two of the club’s players have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Premier League club were informed of the positive tests while preparing for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Hull City at London Stadium.
Moyes, 57, defender Issa Diop, 23, and 24-year-old midfielder Josh Cullen will now be required to self-isolate.
“The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home,” said a club statement.
West Ham said the three men were all asymptomatic and assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the Hull match, which both Diop and Cullen were due to start.
Public Health England guidelines state those with Covid-19 should self-isolate for at least 10 days, meaning Moyes, Diop and Cullen will not be able to attend training or the league game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 27 September.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s John Southall said the trio travelled to the ground with the squad in two or three separate coaches.
“They say they all social distanced, the squad, from when they met up and throughout the journey,” he said.
“As soon as they arrived, the results from the tests done yesterday came through and the two players and the manager were isolated immediately in separate rooms and left the ground very quickly, I’m told.
“West Ham say they are satisfied nobody else in the squad needs to self-isolate and that is why the game went ahead.”
The news comes after Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup third round on Tuesday was called off because a number of the home players had contracted coronavirus.
It came on the day the government announced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England which could last for up to six months.
As part of the stricter rules, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to watch live sport events in England from 1 October will not go ahead.
Sports bodies have been told not to expect spectators at stadiums and venues until the end of March at the earliest.

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Man City squad stretched to its limit, says Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola said his squad is stretched to the limit as Manchester City prepare to launch their League Cup defense after Monday ’ s opening Premier League win against Wolves .
City claimed an impressive 3- 1 victory at Molineux on Monday as Kevin De Bruyne , Phil Foden , and Gabriel Jesus struck in their Premier League opener.
They remain without Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko , Sergio Aguero , Aymeric Laporte , and Eric Garcia while Ilkay Gundogan is self – isolating after testing positive for coronavirus .
City, who have won the League Cup for the past three seasons, start the defense of their trophy against Bournemouth on Thursday and Guardiola knows they cannot afford to lose more players.
“ All we want is the seven players that are out to come back , ” he said .
“ Now we have a competition that we cannot spend the energy that we spent today , before Leicester ( on Sunday) , so we ’ re going to play mostly academy players and try to keep the energy for the Premier League .
“ With this lack of preparation and seven players out and not coming back soon , we have to keep the players from Monday as safe as possible .
“ We will see how many are available , how they recover . We have just three days . We won the Carabao ( League ) Cup three times in a row and we would like to continue but we don’ t have the players in this period to play every three days . ”

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Djokovic wins fifth Italian Open title

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Novak Djokovic claimed a record 36 th Masters crown on Monday, beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Italian Open .
The world number one won 7 – 5 , 6 – 3 to break a tie with Spanish rival Rafael Nadal for most master titles .
For Djokovic , it was a fifth title in the warm – up clay – court tournament for next week ’ s French Open .
Nine- time Rome winner Nadal, the defending champion, fell in the quarter -finals to eighth- seed Schwartzman .

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