FC Ifeayi Ubah entire crew were attacked by armed robbers on Friday, November 29, in Lokoja ahead of Sunday’s league clash with Jigawa Golden Stars in Kano.
According to statement released by the club and posted on their Facebook page, their driver was shot as others got injured by the armed robbers dressed like youth corp members.
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“This is to inform the general public that at about 1:30 pm today, players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra Warriors) who were travelling to Kano for their scheduled NPFL Matchday 6 fixture against Jigawa Golden Stars ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in NYSC uniforms, operating at Kabba junction, near Lokoja in Kogi state,” it read.
“To the glory of God, no life was lost. However, the driver was shot while some members of the coaching crew and players were critically injured. The affected persons are currently being treated and are responding to treatment.
“We wish to use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government as well as football regulatory bodies; Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) to further intensify security efforts to ensure the safety of teams who often have no choice than to travel long distances by road, especially clubs owned by private investors who are made to invest their hard-earned money in the growth and development of Nigerian football.
“Conclusively, fans, well-wishers, supporters and Nigerians, in general, are kindly urged to keep the entire management, coaching staff and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah in their prayers in this moment of despair.”
The Anambra Warriors' last outing ended in a 0-0 draw with Lobi Stars, leaving them 10th on the NPFL table with eight points from five matches.
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