By Albert Akota
The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed deep sadness over the death of Nasarawa United defender, Chineme Martins following his shock demise during a Match Day 23 league game against Katsina United at the Lafia Township Stadium on Sunday.
Martins was reported to have slumped and died while in action. The NFF has therefore ordered for the onward suspension of league matches until there is medical equipment compliance at different league venues.
This decision came after the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in conjunction with the NFF engaged the League Management Company to review the situation.
As an immediate first step the NFF has directed that beginning and with immediate effect no further match NPFL league match be played except there is full compliment of the medical equipment and personnel as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations. Effective compliance date is Saturday March 14. 2020.
Meanwhile, 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 and LMC will ensure full compliance.
The football body further condoled with the family of the late player and football stakeholders at large
Sports Ministry signs MOU with Hideaplus for National Principals, Headmasters Cups*
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, in continuation of his quest to ensure sports becomes a viable business in Nigeria, on Monday, led officials of the Ministry in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with Hideaplus sports consultancy.
The MoU between the Ministry and Hideaplus sports consultancy will see to the organisation of the National Principals and Headmasters Cup competitions and will further serve to strengthen grassroots sports development.
In his remarks, the Minister expressed satisfaction that one of the Ministry’s vision for grassroots sports development was on its way to becoming a reality. He added that the event will bring back the experiences of the Principals Cup which birthed some ex nationals in the past, while promising to include as many sports as possible.
“You would recall the nostalgia that Principals Cup put on everybody’s lips, we have seen some of our best footballers and stars come through the Principals Cup and suddenly it died off.
“Today we give strength to our commitment to bring back the Principals Cup that would serve as trailblazer to bring back some of the past and lost glory of not just football development but also sports development and I promise we won’t be about just football as other sports would be included.”
In his response, the Chief Responsibility Officer of Hideaplus sports consultancy, Tony Oritse Pemu thanked the Minister for his visionary approach to sports in Nigeria and promised give their best to reenact the old tradition of grassroots talent discovery and development.
The National Principals Cup would cut across secondary schools in the country while the HeadMaster’s Cup would cut across primary schools, with about 10,000 schools to participate when it kicks off.