NFF Bans NPFL Matches, After Player Slumps, Dies

 NFF Bans NPFL Matches,  After Player Slumps, Dies

Nasarawa United’s defender, Chineme Martins, who slumped during Sunday’s NPFL clash against Katsina United in Lafia.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ban all Professional League matches until a full inspection is done on medical facilities and personnel, as provided in the agencies Club Licensing Regulations.

The ban is coming days after  a Nasarawa United’s defender, Chineme Martins, slumped and  died during an NPFL match  against Katsina United in Lafia.

According to the NFF in a statement on Monday, the directive is an immediate step to ensure that a repeat of the incidence that played out does not occur.

The statement read in part:

The NFF has in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports engaged the LMC and reviewed the situation.

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

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.

The NFF condoled with the family of the footballer and the football Stakeholders at large, expressing regrets over the incidence.

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