John Obuh Advises NPFL Players Not To Travel During Breaks
John Obuh

John Obuh Advises NPFL Players Not To Travel During Breaks

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former Kwara United and Enugu Rangers coach, John Obuh, has advised players of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) not to always be eager to make road trips during breaks.

The recent suspension of the Nigerian top-flight due to the coronavirus outbreak has left players of different teams travelling across the country to be with their loved ones.

But the trips have not all been positive, with some players meeting their demise on the road while other stars have been kidnapped.

On Sunday morning, the Nigerian football fraternity was left in a state of mourning after reports of the unfortunate death of Enugu Rangers forward, Ifeanyi George, were shared on Twitter.

Later that Sunday, news of the abduction of Enyimba midfielder, Dayo Ojo, and Abia Comets player, Benjamin Iluyomade, filtered in, with Emmanuel James only managing to escape the attack.

Reacting to the incidents, the former youth coach said most of the tragic incidents could be avoided if the players restricted their travels during breaks or at least hired professionals to drive them during those trips.

"The players and the officials, including the coaches during the league season have enough risks of travelling," Coach Obuh told Goal.

"If para-adventure you have no opportunity not to travel, most especially during this 14-day quarantine, immediately you hear there is a break you don't just have to jump into the car and start travelling.

"It is not the best for the players. These players don't even want a day off, because once there's a break they already have plans of travelling.

"That is why I still want to believe they really need to be orientated.

"They really need to understand that travelling is not the best option at every point in time but if they want to travel, they must make the necessary arrangements.

"Most especially, those who have a car they need to hire provisional drivers for long trips, and they will be safe. Or at most, they use air flight."

NPFL teams have faced the worst while travelling for games and the top tactician has suggested that clubs make provision for security personnel before embarking on road trips.

"There have been a lot of kidnappings and accidents around the country, but we're focusing on the players now because of the recent happenings," he continued.

"In all these things, what we're missing is security. I will even advise if it's possible they should hire security for their trips.

"When I was at Akwa United, we usually travel with about three well-armed policemen, so if anything happens on the road at least we should be able to have a sort of protection to an extent before things get bad.

"I think clubs should also key into that kind of provision."

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