12 Man Panel to Investigate Nigerian Player's On-the-Field Death

The Nigerian august soccer body NFF has set up a panel to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a player who died on the field of play in Lafia Nasarawa State last week.

The committee has the mandate to investigate the medical, security and administrative lapses which culminated in the death of Chineye Martins.

Martins reportedly slumped during a match between his club and Katsina United. The ambulance at the stadium at the time of the incident was said to be in bad condition when the tragedy occurred. 

There are also Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, Chairman of the Imo State Football Association and former 1st Vice President of the NFF; respected technocrat and retired senior civil servant, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola; Dr. Paul Onyeudo, head of sports medicine of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports; Otunba Tade Azeez, President of the Nigeria Referees Association; Barr. Isaac Danladi, Chairman of NPFL club owners and; Alhaji Salihu Abubakar, chief operating officer of the League Management Company.

Commissioner of Police Umar Baba, Mr. Oladunni Oyekale, Mr. Francis Adejoh, Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran, and Miss Kisu Remi Sulola are the other members, with Mr. China Acheru as secretary.

Notable sports medicine personality, Dr. Peter Singabele, who is also a former member of the NFF Executive Committee and member of the Committee on Sports Medicine of the Confederation of African Football, is chairman of the 12-man panel.


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