The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has set up an investigative panel to unravel the lapses behind last weekend’s unfortunate demise of Nassarawa United FC player, Chineme Martins, who slumped to death during a Nigeria Professional Football League match in Lafia.
The federation mandated the august committee to unearth the medical, security and administrative failures that prompted the demise of the defender.
A martin was reported to have slumped during a league match between his club and Katsina United at the Lafia City Stadium last Sunday and breathed his last at a hospital.
The 12-man panel would be headed by Dr. Peter Singabele, who is a former member of the NFF Executive Committee and member of the Committee on Sports Medicine of the Confederation of African Football.
The panel consists of Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, Chairman of the Imo State Football Association and former 1st Vice President of the NFF; respected technocrat and retired senior civil servant, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola; Dr. Paul Onyeudo, head of sports medicine of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports; Otunba Tade Azeez, President of the Nigeria Referees Association; Barr. Isaac Danladi, Chairman of NPFL club owners and; Alhaji Salihu Abubakar, chief operating officer of the League Management Company.
Other are Commissioner of Police Umar Baba, Mr. Oladunni Oyekale, Mr. Francis Adejoh, Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran and Miss Kisu Remi Sulola, with Mr. China Acheru as secretary.
The spokesman of NFF, Ademola Olajire said the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has confirmed that the committee will be inaugurated in Benin City on Tuesday, 17th March 2020 at 10am, with members expected to arrive in the Edo State capital on Monday, 16th March. They are to check into Heritage Hotel, GRA, Benin City.
He disclosed that the panel has its terms of reference as follows,
- To investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the Nassarawa United player and all other relevant issues such as medical facilities, pre-match inspection and response to the emergency. Also, to recommend sanctions and other appropriate measures to forestall a recurrence.
- To consider and advise on clinical matters in order to promote the highest standards of professional practice, including clinical education for players and coaches.
- Consider and advise on minimum standards of clinical practices, equipment and personnel that must be deployed during practice and match competitions.
Safety & Security
- Consider and advise on development and implementation of stadium security standards and policies.
- Advise on minimum requirements in line with best global practice of safety infrastructure during practice and match competitions.
- To consider and advise on suitability ranking of sporting facilities, using colour coding to define grading and rankings as fit for purpose.