Nigeria Professional Football League clubs will spend a staggering N2.5m for COVID-19 tests per game as they gear up towards finding a way to complete the season.
It is emphasized that the tests will be crucial in ensuring the NPFL football season can restart amid concerns over the players’ safety.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in an interview with Brila FM, said players and coaches of all NPFL clubs must undergo tests before the league could resume.
“There will be no compromise on certain things when it comes to the health code, there will be no compromise,” Dare said.
“I can tell you, there will be no audience participation; content will have to be beamed through radio, television and other means.
“Tests will be conducted on the players and the coaches as the case may be and I don’t see us having multiple venues. We might think of centres to have all the other games.
“I don’t know what they are going to bring forward, I’m just rolling out a few guidelines that I think must guide the return of the league.” Mr. Dare stated.
A a COVID-19 test costs approximately N50,000.
Each NPFL team is expected to administer up to 50 tests (40 players and 10 officials) before every game, meaning each club will pay N2.5m for the tests.
In total, the 20 NPFL clubs would cough up a combined N50m for the tests, per game.