The League Management Company (LMC) has confirmed the death of the Nasarawa United FC defender, Chineme Martins, who slumped and died during a league game last weekend.
On Sunday, during the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 23 against Katsina United in Lafia, reports of the tragic incident were shared on social media by those at the venue with the LMC later confirming the news.
The player was said to have slumped after a collision with an opposing player and was attended to by medics of the two clubs before he was later rushed to Dalhatu- Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia where he was later pronounced dead on arrival.
The Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko, in a statement, expressed the league’s regrets over the passing of the young man in his prime.
“We commiserate with Nasarawa United and the immediate family of the late player,” Dikko said.
“The LMC expects that there would be a standard autopsy to establish the cause of the player’s death.
“It is hoped that the findings of the autopsy would inform subsequent measures, if any that has not been addressed by the existing standard procedure,” the LMC stated.
“Furthermore, the LMC will keep engaging the club and the player’s immediate family to find the best way possible to offer support in this sad moment for the family and the Nigerian football family at large.”