Fans have continued to attend the Nigeria Professional Football League matches despite a directive by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 prohibiting them from match venues following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Eardrum9ja Media Association reported on January 12 that fans of Enyimba and MFM defied the order during match-day three, trooping to the Enyimba Stadium, Aba and the Agege Stadium for their matches against Wikki Tourists and Sunshine Stars respectively.

The LMC had after the report said they were going to investigate the flouting of COVID-19 protocols by the clubs.

Our correspondent, however, gathered that many clubs still allow fans to attend their games, despite the order.

Enyimba was again one of the clubs who flouted the order, allowing fans for their 2-1 victory over Kano Pillars on Sunday in Aba.

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Pictures of the game, which were released by the LMC, showed pocket of fans in the stands at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba.

Videos also showed fans at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo during Dakkada’s league match against Jigawa Golden Stars on January 3. They again had fans in attendance when they played a 1-1 draw with MFM FC 10 days later.

The Eardrum9ja Media Association earlier reported that Dakkada didn’t conduct COVID-19 tests on their players and backroom staff before their December 28, 2020 NPFL match against Akwa United, thus flouting the COVID-19 protocols.

Further checks by our correspondent showed that many other clubs had flouted the COVID-19 protocols by allowing fans into their stadiums.

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There were fans at theAper Aku Stadium, Makurdi when Lobi Stars and Dakkada clashed in their match-day five game last Sunday.

Heartland also had fans at the Okigwe Stadium when they defeated Enyimba 2-0 January 13, same as when Akwa United played Abia Warriors same day at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo.

The Akure Township Stadium also had fans in attendance during Sunshine Stars match-day two fixture against FC IfeanyiUbah January 3.

For match-day one, there were fans at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano and Nasarawa Township Stadium respectively December 27, 2020, as Jigawa Golden Stars hosted Sunshine Stars and Nasarawa United played Wikki Tourists.

Speaking on Eardrum9ja Online podcast, Kick and Follow, sports broadcaster, Charles Anazodo, questioned the LMC for not being firm enough in enforcing the COVID-19 protocols.

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He said, “There is a COVID-19 protocol for the NPFL, but are they observing these protocols?

What it says as well is that no fans are allowed into stadiums across the country, this is an order from the PTF and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“So, how fans were allowed into those games involving Enyimba against Wikki Tourists and MFM versus Sunshine Stars, we do not know. But now, they have come with a COVID-19 compliance task force, which is good. I applaud the football authorities for doing that. Something I also found in the COVID-19 protocols is that the hotels the clubs use must be approved by the LMC, they must also be observant of the COVID-19 protocols.”

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