NFF Mourns with Nasarawa United over Player’s Death

…Suspends league matches and orders immediate compliance with NFF Medical Regulations

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has expressed sadness over the death of Nasarawa United defender, Chineme Martins, during a Matchday 23 league game against Katsina United at the Lafia Township Stadium last Sunday. 

Martins was reported to have slumped and died while in action.

NFF has therefore ordered the suspension of league matches until there is medical equipment compliance at different league venues.

This decision came after the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in conjunction with the NFF engaged the League Management Company, LMC, to review the situation. 

As an immediate first step, the NFF has directed that no NPFL league match be played except there is a full complement of the medical equipment and personnel as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations. 

The effective compliance date is Saturday, March 14. 2020. 

Meanwhile, all Match Commissioners and the host FA are to ensure they inspect all the facilities including carrying out test runs before giving go-ahead for any match to be played. 

Olaolu Fawole

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