Coach Ibrahim Musa of Kano Pillars FC has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to ease the current lockdown on football in the country, to allow clubs to prepare and participate in next season’s CAF inter-club competitions, AOIFootball.com reports.\
Speaking exclusively from his base in Kano, the 2019 Aiteo Cup winner, stated that the successes of the four Nigerian clubs on the continent would be dependent on the quality of preparations they get, adding that it is also hinged on time.
“I’m appealing to the Federal Government to ease the current lockdown on football so that teams can start preparing for the new season, said coach Musa, whose club will be flying the country’s flag in next season’s CAF Confederations Cup competition.
“The clubs that will represent Nigeria in the CAF inter-club competitions have been on break since the emergence of COVID-19, and intensive preparation is needed to be able to achieve anything on the continent,” Musa said.
With some African countries easing the lockdown on sports and football in particular while some like Egypt and South Africa have restarted their leagues, the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League runners up, submitted that proper preparation precedes proper performance, hence his appeal to ease the lockdown on football completely.
“A good number of African countries have eased the lockdown on football, and some others have restarted their various leagues.
“Proper preparation always precedes proper performance; the teams involved in CAF competitions need to start preparation, in order to give good representation, coach Musa concluded.