Gunmen shoot five Nigerian football players

Gunmen shoot five Nigerian football players

Five Kano Pillars players have been shot by gunmen in an attack on the club’s entourage as they travelled to Owerri for the start of the new Nigerian Premier League season.

“Five players were injured from gunshots – Gambo, Ogbonaya, Eneji Otekpa, Murtala Adamu, and Moses Ekpai,” the club wrote on Twitter. 

“The gunmen also snatched handsets and other valuables from the players”. Saturday’s match against Heartland has been postponed indefinitely.

Kano were travelling in a bus carrying 25 people, including 18 players, when the incident occurred at about 13:15 local time. The five injured players are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja.

On Friday, Kano central defender Reuben Ogbonnaya told BBC Sport “I give God the thanks because we don’t know what could have happened. I might not be talking to you now.

“We were on our way to our first League match this season. We couldn’t do anything at that moment. We couldn’t run, we couldn’t defend ourselves. The men were with guns. They collected our money and our phones.

“They asked us to come down (from the bus), then they said we should stay inside. They started shooting at that same point. Thank God no lives were lost.

“We are passing through pain – especially my captain. But the injured players are feeling a bit better than yesterday.”

The incident means the start of Kano’s domestic season, in which they aim to defend their title, has been delayed and it looks set to affect their upcoming Champions League first-round, first-leg match against Moghreb Athletic Tetouane. The Nigerian Football Federation has written to the Confederation of African Football requesting postponement of the 13 March fixture.

Related Post

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho banned from driving for six months
views 40
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been banned from driving for six months for speeding. The football boss was also ordered to pay $1400 by magistrates in...
At least 24 migrants die as boat sinks in Black Sea near Istanbul
views 60
Rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Monday and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carr...
Leicester City win English Premier League title
views 63
Leicester City have won the Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time. Tottenham's 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday confir...
Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
views 62
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in more than a dozen abandoned camps used...
Bale helps Wales beat Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifier
views 64
Wales produced one of the best victories in their history to beat Belgium 1-0 and take a massive step towards qualifying for next summer's European Ch...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK