Tragedy struck the the Nigeria Professional Football League games on Sunday afternoon when Chieme Martins, a player of Nasarawa United football club slumped down and died.
The player fell down after a head collision with opponent player during league match with Katsina United FC. The player was rushed to the hospital when all efforts to rescucitate him were unsuccessful. He was declared dead a few minutes after he was taken to the hospital.
Although the deceased’s club won the match 3-0, but the spirit in the Nasarawa United was dampened by the news of the passing of the player.
Reacting to the sad news, the Chairman of the League Management Committee (LMC), Shehu Dikko, commiserated with the club and league;
“We commiserate with Nasarawa United and the immediate family of the late player,”
“It is hoped that the findings of the autopsy would inform subsequent measures, if any that has not been addressed by the existing standard procedure.” said Mr Dikko.
The LMC said it plans to work with the player’s club and family to provide necessary support.
Over the years, there have been high profile deaths of players dying on the field of play- including that of Marc-Vivien Foe of Cameroon who died aged 28. Diseases that affect the heart muscle – cardiomyopathies – are silent killers. The first symptom can be the heart suddenly stopping.