The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has announced that players plying their trade at the elite level will now go through doping tests.
The move, an NPFL top official told Heritage Times HT on Tuesday, is to curb possible existence of drug abuse by players in the league.
NPFL Chairman, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye, said random dope tests would be conducted in the weeks ahead following the acquisition of testing kits from the United Kingdom.
He said, “We are committed to joining the NFF, CAF, FIFA and the global campaign for eradication of illicit substance use in sports and this will commence soon with random tests of our players.
“We are poised to arrest and stamp out illicit drugs use in the league where it exists and we plan to collaborate with relevant government agencies to launch an enlightenment campaign which will include displays on our MatchDay stadium boards and media channels.”
NPFL season had kicked off on September 30, 2023, with most clubs grabbing home victories.
Prior to the kick-off, the league managers revealed that the winners at the end of the season will earn $150, 000.
Also, the organisers announced a take-off grant of $200,000 for all 20 clubs participating in the League.