By Akeem Busari
The spate of deaths in Nigerian football has been described as a ‘calamity’ by grassroots football club owners and concerned stakeholders in Nigerian football.
In recent weeks, Nigerian football has witnessed gory and unfortunate deaths and injuries. And the latest being the ghastly road accident that claimed the lives of Enugu Rangers striker Ifeanyi George and two other persons, whilst traveling to Lagos, due to the enforced break in global football, on the Benin- Lagos road.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, on the incidents, President of G-innovation football club, Chigozie Edwin Nwagwu, remarked that the recent happenstances in Nigerian football calls for prayers and total dedication to the welfare of Nigerian footballers.
” The football authorities should put up an insurance package for the welfare of Nigerian footballers. I also pray that God will heal Nigeria football. These pains are deep and unbearable,” he stated.
On his part, Alhaji Auwal Danjuma, the President of Danjuma Babes, said the recent and unfortunate situations in Nigeria football are very avoidable. Adding that the occurrences are reverberations of the daily problems bedeviling our national life.
” Painfully, we have neglected several important aspects of our national life. It is sad and disheartening to lose young and promising Nigerian football talents due to self-induced and of course, avoidable incidents.
“This is the time all genuinely concerned stakeholders and investors in Nigerian football must come together and provide succour to the families of the victims, as well as chart a new path for Nigerian football,” the successful businessman cum football enthusiast added.