The Nassarawa football association (FA) faces temporary suspension from hosting all Nigerian Football Federation (NFF)-organized matches, the federation’s adhoc committee on safety and security set up to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate death of Nasarawa United player, Chineme Martins during an NPFL game in Lafia on 8th March 2020, has stated.
The august body further recommended for the adoption of stronger safety, security and medical protocols during matches in Nigeria.
According to a statement issued by the spokesperson of the federation, Ademola Olajire, “Among the committee’s key findings were: Nasarawa United FC, late Chineme Martins’ club, had neither a medical doctor nor a physiotherapist, with a retired community health assistant heading its medical team, and this led to the mismanagement of the resuscitation process.”
He further said the committee in its report stated that “there was no functional ambulance at the stadium as at the time of the incident, which led to a faulty evacuation process, and the player died before he could reach the hospital and; Nasarawa FA and Nasarawa United FC failed in their duties to put in place emergency medical services for the match.”
He added that the recommendations made by the committee headed by Dr Peter Singabele said that “The player must be immortalized. Nasarawa United FC should pay a fine of N10million to the LMC for non-compliance with Club Licensing Regulations and violation of NPFL Framework and Rules, and should pay all financial entitlements of the late Martins immediately, including arrears of salaries and insurance benefits, if any.
“The NFF should empower its medical committee, technical committee, club licensing department and the LMC to exercise fully their statutory powers and functions”, he quoted Dr. Singabele as saying.
At the virtual presentation on Thursday, chairman of the committee, Dr. Peter Singabele (a former member of the NFF executive committee and presently member of the CAF committee on sports medicine), enunciated the committee’s key findings, submissions and recommendations at both the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City and the Lafia City Stadium where it visited, as well as short-term, medium-term and long-term recommendations to forestall such heartbreaking incident in the future.
Membership of the committee comprises of Dr. Peter Singabele (Chairman); Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam (Member); Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Member); Alh. Abba Yola (Member); Otunba Tade Azeez (Member); Dr. Paul Onyeudo (Member); Mallam Salihu Abubakar (Member); Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran (Member); Mr. Tijani Babangida (Member); Mr. Francis Adejoh (Member); Mr. Oladuni Oyekale (Member); Mr. Ademola Olajire (Member); Miss Remi Kisu Sulola (Member); Mr. China Acheru (Secretary).