Fans want NPFL scrapped as player slumps, dies during league match

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By Kennedy Pwaspo.

Reactions have continued to trail the death of Chineme Martins, a defender with Nasarawa United FC, who slumped on the pitch during the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 23 encounter against Katsina United in Lafia on Sunday.

The player was reported to have collapsed on the turf moments after his team took the lead against the visitors, and was attended to by medics who made efforts to resuscitate him.

He was, however, pronounced dead at the Dalhatu- Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, where he was later rushed to.

Reacting, some footfall fans on Twitter have called for an outright scrapping of the league for failing to meet up to acceptable standards.

See tweets below:

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Mr Shehu Dikko has ordered for an autopsy to establish the cause of the player’s death.

Dikko, while commiserating with Nasarawa United and the immediate family of the late player, said: “It is hoped that the findings of the autopsy would inform subsequent measures, if any that has not been addressed by the existing standard procedure.

“Furthermore, the LMC will keep engaging the club and the player’s immediate family to find the best way possible to offer support in this sad moment for the family and the Nigeria football family at large.”

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