The unworkable Nasarawa United Ambulance.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule wept as he and some members of his State Executive Council watched their Nasarawa United defender, Chineme Martins slump and died at the Lafia Stadium while the team played the Katsina United counterpart in a week 23 Nigerian league match.
Engr. Sule whose deputy is a Chief Medical Consult promptly promised to upgrade the medical facilities of his club as soon as possible.
He said it was painful for him watching his boy die from the VIP stand. It was a vehicle on his Press crew that eventually rushed Martins to the Dalhatu-Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia where Martins was confirmed as a Brought in Dead (BID) patient.
Governor Sule said, “Yes, the ambulance was bad but the medical facilities applied by the medical teams of both Nasarawa United and Katsina United were grossly inadequate making a 15 minute delay before the player was taken to hospital”.
The ambulance was in a bad shape that it has to be pushed into the field. The police vehicle brought in was not helpful either until the Governors’ Press crew helped out.
The National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) has expressed displeasure over provisions of medical facilities by clubs participating in the Nigerian Professional League (NPFL).
The NANF President, Harrison Jalla called for immediate improvement on provision of medical facilities to avoid further disaster.
Nasarawa United has been receiving messages of condolences from various clubs and bodies including the media.
The club defeated their Katsina United counterpart 3-0 with a hat trick from Chinedu Ohananom who scored in 53, 61 and 88 minutes.
- By Eniola Olatunji.