NFF To Suspend League Games Over Death Of Nasarawa Utd Player
Chineme Martins
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NFF To Suspend League Games Over Death Of Nasarawa Utd Player

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Following the death of Nasarawa United defender, Chineme Martins, during an NPFL game, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ordered that games be suspended unless the medical equipment and personnel, as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations, are made available at different league venues.

On Sunday, news of the tragic demise of the footballer went viral on social media, with many calling out the League Management Company (LMC) for not making sure of the safety of the footballers.

Martins was said to have died before he could even get proper treatment after a collision with a Katsina United player at the Lafia Township Stadium during a Match Day 23 league game.

Accord to reports and from the photos which were shared online, the ambulance which was stationed at the match venue, refused to start and had to be pushed on to the pitch, with the player eventually passing on before he could get to the hospital.

After the incident, the LMC, NFF and Minister of Youth and Sports expressed deep sadness over the death of the young defender.

This Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, in conjunction with the NFF engaged the League Management Company to review the situation while also ordering games not to hold until there is medical equipment compliance at match centres.

"The NFF has in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports engaged the LMC and reviewed the situation. As an immediate first step, the NFF has directed that no further match be played except there is a full complement of the medical equipment and personnel as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations.

"All Match Commissioners and the host FA are to ensure they inspect all the facilities including carrying out test runs before giving go-ahead for any match to be played, " the statement released by the NFF read.

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