Nigeria Football Federation, League Management Company & NPFL clubs have reacted after Nasarawa United player Chieme Martins dies on the pitch during a league 3-0 win over Katsina United at the Lafia Township Stadium.
Martins slumped after a collision with a Katsina United player, on Sunday afternoon, and efforts to revive him by the medics and subsequent rush to the hospital were unsuccessful.
Although he was rushed to the hospital, he gave up the ghost on arrival but according to an eye witness, things could have been different if the Peugeot 406 Ambulance stationed for emergency had started on time.
The player was attended to by medics of the two clubs when he slumped and was later rushed to Dalhatu- Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia where he was pronounced dead.
A video of his teammates crying after the unfortunate incident has since gone viral.
AGONY! Nasarawa United players in tears after Chieme Martins was confirmed dead after Sunday’s NPFL clash vs Katsina United. Martins slumped following a collision, however, he gave up the ghost stranded as the Peugeot 406 ambulance stationed match venue did not start 😭🕯️😭😭🕯️ pic.twitter.com/PbIms2NkXP
— Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) March 8, 2020
However, NFF, LMC and some NPFL clubs to took to their Twitter handle to react to the death.
Our thoughts and prayers are with @NasarawaUnited and the immediate family of their player Chineme Martins who reportedly slumped and died during a league game today in Lafia. We are saddened about this news and we pray for the repose of his soul. pic.twitter.com/HhhAkU8ssn
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) March 8, 2020
— MFMFCLagos (@MFMFC_Lagos) March 9, 2020
Nasarawa United went on to win the game 3-0 but they will be deeply pained by the irreparable loss.