Former under 23 assistant coach, former Technical Adviser MFM and currently with Heartland Football Club as Technical Adviser, Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has urged the Federal Government to look into contact sports ban especially football in Nigeria.
According to him, no doubt about it that the Federal Government is doing its best to keep us safe from the pandemic (corona virus) which has killed a number of people and also caused a lot of set backs in every sectors of the society.
“Though Covid-19 is real, but with proper guidelines and lay down of rules, I think it will go along way in restoring our football without spreading the virus”
“Nigeria professional League has achieved beyond internal glory, the template has provided for four teams to emerge and represent the Nation in Africa championship (continental) which has always projected the image of the country and showcased our players to the world”
“Without lifting the ban on contacts sports, it will seriously affect the qualified teams in terms of training together and getting prepared ahead of the Continental championship, which will eventually affect their performance and results”
“Therefore, am using this medium to appeal to the Federal Government through the NCDC to give us conditions and guidelines, which will speedily make our football to return without any further delay”
“I appreciate our amiable and hardworking minister of youth and sports, Engr. Sunday Dare who is working tirelessly day and night, we see and feel your efforts sir and we say thank you, God will surely crown your efforts with success”
“kudos to the Federal Government of Nigeria for the care about us and our safety, they have done wonderfully well through the NCDC in creating awareness and saving lives”
“Finally, am pleading to all sports stakeholders, coaches, players, athletes, football fans and supporters
to abide with the guidelines and code of conduct when finally given the chance and opportunity, so that government will not change their mind as a result of violation of safety protocols”
“Lastly, please let us continue to stay alive, by adhering to Government’s advise of washing our hands regularly, using facemasks, avoiding crowded spaces, avoiding shaking of hands and hugging each other”
“God will continue to protect us and our families.
To all my lovely fans and supporters, I say thank you, I appreciate your supports, prayers and advise at all time, I promise never to let you down. We have done it before, let’s do it again next season, I love you all, please stay safe”