Committee Set Up By NFF To Investigate Death Of Chineme Martins
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Committee Set Up By NFF To Investigate Death Of Chineme Martins

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

A committee has been set up by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to look into the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate death of Nasarawa United FC player, Chineme Martins.

The defender slumped and died after a collision with an opposing player during a Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) match in Lafia last weekend without getting good emergency service.

According to reports, the ambulance which was stationed at the match venue refused to start, leaving the player who was in a state of emergency stranded.

Chineme was eventually rushed to a hospital moments later but was confirmed dead on arrival.

The death of the young man led to many football lovers online crying out about the barbaric state of healthcare and players’ welfare in the Nigerian top flight.

Nasarawa United have since been fined the sum of N6 million while a 6 points deduction has been suspended.

But both the LMC and NFF have not stopped at that. They have now set up a committee to investigate the cause of the death of the defender.

The 12-man panel will be chaired by Dr Peter Singabele, a former member of the NFF Executive Committee and member of the Committee on Sports Medicine of the Confederation of African Football.

Amanze Uchegbulam, Chairman of the Imo State Football Association, Abba Yola, Dr Paul Onyeudo, Head of Sports Medicine of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Tade Azeez, President of the Nigeria Referees Association, Isaac Danladi, Chairman of NPFL club owners, and Alhaji Salihu Abubakar, Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company are the other members of the committee.

Commissioner of Police, Umar Baba, Oladunni Oyekale, Francis Adejoh, Ibrahim Gyaran, and Kisu Sulola complete the committee, while China Acheru will act as secretary.

The committee will be inaugurated in Benin City on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick.

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