If you are a football stakeholder or a professional footballer eager to return to the pitch in the Nigeria Professional Football League, there is a need to follow all the requirements for the players to be ready for the task of completing the league, says Ladan Bosso.
As German Bundesliga resumed about two weeks ago and England Premiership is also warming up to resume in June, Bosso, President of Nigeria Football Coaches Association, NFCA, said that the League Management Company and the clubs in the NPFL must adhere strictly to the rules of ensuring that players are physically fit to stand the test of time on the field.
According to the former coach of Wikki Tourists, the emergency COVID-19 holiday break that suspended all football activities in the country may have put many players out of great physical condition to give their optimal performances on the pitch.
Therefore, LMC/NPFL clubs must ensure that the players have nothing less than three weeks of rigorous training sessions and medical examination to properly condition their bodies for the round leather game.
Failure to adhere strictly may result to casualties and possibly sudden deaths of which none of the stakeholders and footballers wish for. So, NPFL should not be rushed into resumption without following due process.
“I want to state categorically that the NPFL should not resume until LMC mandate the clubs to have proper training exercises of at least three weeks so as to avoid casualties or sudden deaths of under load or over load of players,” Bosso told www.totorinews.com exclusively.
“NFF in their wisdom suspended all football activities in the country due to COVID-19 pandemic and Nigeria government have been active in fighting the deadly virus.
“The relevant government agencies are doing their best to ensure that the spread of the disease and death casualties are reduced considering the population of Nigeria.
“I’m glad that the LMC even considers the resumption of the league, but it must be done with great caution and that is the reason I raised the issue of periodization.
“There is what it is called periodization in training programmes for footballers and sports men and women in general,where the issue of underload and overload are implemented and the absence of the balance of the two can be very deadly.
“The absence of the balance of the two can bring not only casualties, but also the issue of sudden deaths. It is also proper to have proper medical examination of the NPFL players before they start training.
“These things are very necessary to avoid tragedies. An unfit player may want to over stretch himself on the field as his club battles for points in the league, but he could end up getting injured terribly or he suffers cardiac arrest.
“And you know that most Nigerian league players are not very disciplined in maintaining good nutrition that would keep their bodies in shape.
“Therefore, proper periodization and medical tests of the players must be done before the league resumes to avoid unnecessary injuries and ultimately death in the league,” he concluded.