The League Management Company (LMC) of Nigeria has announced the death of Chineme Martins, a defender with Nasarawa United FC, who slumped in the pitch during the match between his team and Katsina United in Lafia.
Martins was said to have attended to by medical team of both clubs when he slumped and was later rushed to Dalhatu- Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia where he was pronounced dead.
Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko said the league regretted the death of the young manand called for standard autopsy.
“We commiserate with Nasarawa United and the immediate family of the late player”, Dikko said.
“The LMC expects that there would be a standard autopsy to establish the cause of the player’s death.
“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 LMC stated.
“Furthermore, the LMC will keep engaging the club and the player’s immediate family to find the best way possible to offer support in this sad moment for the family and the Nigeria football family at large”.
Nasarawa United went on to win the match by 3-0.