As teams gear-up for the commencement of the 2020/2021 Nigerian Professional Football League Season, officials and players of Nasarawa United Football Club, today (November 11, 2020), had their samples taken for the Covid-19 test.
Team Manager, Solomon Babanjah, told the press shortly after the sample collection at the Nasarawa State Agency for Infectious Disease and Research Centre in Lafia that the test was necessary as it was part of the requirements listed out by the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) and League Management Company(LMC) to clubs before the commencement of the new football league season in the country.
“This is a necessary requirement by the authorities concerned and we have to abide by it, going by our pedigree”, Mr Babanjah said.
He explained that all those that matter in the Lafia-based club underwent the mandatory test, stating further that the results were being anticipated in due course.
While thanking the Nasarawa State Government and officials of the Agency for Infectious Disease and Research Centre for the prompt response and dedication to the club, Solomon Babanjah praised the resilience of the Club Chairman, Barr. Isaac Danladi, for always insisting the right things are done and in time.
“We feel very happy to have conducted this test.
“We are really grateful to the Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, and the Nasarawa State Government for easing the burden of the team going far to conduct this test. The test was done here in Lafia and this has saved us a lot of cost.
“Officials of the Agency are marvellous in the way and manner they attended to us.
“And I must thank our Club Chairman, Barr. Isaac Danladi, for making the process easy for us.”
Princess Margaret Elayo, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Health, who supervised the process, applauded the behavioural maturity of the players and officials before and during the testing, expressing joy that the club took advantage of the facilities in the State to conduct the test.
She relayed optimism that she and her team would work round the clock to get the results ready at the expected time.
The LMC had, early this week, released the fixtures for the new league season with Nasarawa United hosting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi in their opening game on 6th December, 2020.