John Obi Mikel pays tribute to Chineme Martins who died on pitch

John Obi Mikel pays tribute to Chineme Martins who died on pitch

- John Obi Mikel has joined a host of Nigerians to pay tribute to late Chineme Martins

- The former Nigerian international posted a heartfelt message on his social media handle

- Chineme collapsed on the pitch and died during a league match between Nasarawa and Katsina United

John Obi Mikel has joined in the mourning of Nasarawa United star Chineme Martins who passed away during a Nigerian Premier League match with Katsina United, cited on Instagram.

The midfielder collided with an opponent as he collapsed to the ground and efforts made to bring him back to life were futile.

He was then rushed to Dalhatu- Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia where he gave up the ghost on March 9, 2020.

Former Super Eagles captain took to his Instagram handle and mourned Martins whose death came as a shock to many Nigerians.

"Rest In Peace, my prayers and thoughts are with your family and friends."

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Chairman of the League Management Committee (LMC), Shehu Dikko, said the league regrets the passing of the young man in his prime.

“We commiserate with Nasarawa United and the immediate family of the late player.

He added: “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."

The match ended 3-0 in favour of Nasarawa but there will be nothing to cheer about after losing one of their key players in the cold hands of death.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo has revealed the sacrifices he made in his boyhood days to watch Man United matches via satellite television back in Nigeria, cited on Mirror.

The Nigerian striker completed a dream move to Old Trafford on the last day of the transfer window.

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And the former Watford striker has gone on score three goals in six matches despite huge criticisms surrounding his move from China. also reported that Kylian Mbappe reportedly has been tested for Coronavirus after missing two days in training ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League showdown with Dortmund, cited on Sports Bible and Goal.

According to French news media outlet L'Équipe, the 21-year-old had a sore throat and has been tested for the virus.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the France international took ill and missed Monday's session.

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