NPFL: NFF Calls for Prayers over Players Abductions
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has urged stakeholders and the entire football community to “pray hard” against deaths and kidnappings of football players in the country.
This was revealed in a statement released by the body’s Communication’s Department and comes on the heels of the recent death of three players on Sunday in an auto crash accident.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick while describing the loss as “huge causes for concern” said “spiritual solace” is needed at the time.
“I am heartbroken. Not long ago, we lost Tiamiyu Kazeem of Remo Stars Football Club and Chineme Martins of Nasarawa United in different circumstances. We need to call on God to show us mercy and stop these unfortunate happenings.”
“I am short of words following these deaths and kidnappings. We must all get involved in prayers to Him to stop the tap of grief and sorrow in our football sector.”
Rangers International FC star forward Ifeanyi George alongside two others died in a horrendous auto crash along Benin-Agbor Road on Sunday.
Also, Enyimba FC’s Dayo Ojo and Abia Comets’ player Benjamin Iluyomade were reported kidnapped in the Owo area of Ondo State a few hours later.
Pinnick further called on the kidnappers to set free the players as these are trying times for the country’s football.
“We also earnestly appeal to the kidnappers of Dayo and Benjamin to release them unhurt to their families. We are going through too much at the same time, with the coronavirus pandemic also around. We need serious prayers from everyone in the football family.”