Chidi Samuel|Gunmen on Friday attacked Ifeanyi Ubah FC squad in Okene, Kogi state, injuring a player and driver of the team’s Bus.
The team were on their way to Kano for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) day six fixture where they are scheduled to take on Jigawa Golden stars at the Kano stadium on Sunday.
In a statement on Friday, the management of the club appealed to the federal government to do something about the poor security situation in the country.
The statement read, “Our bus was attacked by gunmen in Okene. The driver and a player was hit by bullets fired at the bus. They have been taken to a hospital nearby where they are being attended to. We thank God that no life was lost.”
“We wish to use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government as well as football regulatory bodies; Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) to further intensify security efforts to ensure the safety of teams who often have no choice than to travel long distances by road, especially clubs owned by Private investors who are made to invest their hard earned money in the growth and development of Nigerian football.”
“Conclusively, fans, well wishers, supporters and Nigerians in general are kindly urged to keep the entire management, coaching staff and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah in their prayers in this moment of despair.”