Collapse On The Field: Nasarawa United’s Player, Matins Dies After Stadium Ambulance Fail To Start
Nasarawa United’s Chieme Martins passed away after collapsing on the field during Sunday’s Nigeria Professional League clash against Katsina United.
The player went down after a collision with an opposing player while the clash was still goalless
The ambulance stationed at the stadium reportedly failed to start after Martins was rushed off the pitch, causing a delay in seeking medical treatment for the player.
It is understood he was later taken to hospital in a press vehicle, but medics failed to revive him and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
News of his passing filtered back through to the game, which finished 3-0 in Nasarawa’s favour, leaving his team-mates inconsolable as they learned of their tragic loss.
Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko anticipates an autopsy to establish the cause of the player’s death.
“We commiserate with Nasarawa United and the immediate family of the late player,” said Dikko in a statement.
“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.”
Sadly, Martins is not the only footballer to have suffered a tragic end while playing.
Ex-Lyon and West Ham midfielder Marc Vivien Foe collapsed in the middle of Cameroon’s 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia, with coroners discovering that he suffered from a rare heart condition that increases the risk of sudden death during strenuous physical activity.
Sevilla star Antonio Puerta suffered cardiac arrest during his side’s 2007-8 Liga opener against Getafe and carried on playing before collapsing again in the dressing room; he passed away three days later in hospital having been diagnosed with a similar heart condition to that carried by Foe.
Ex-Scotland international Phil O’Donnell, a fellow unwitting sufferer of the condition, passed away just months after Puerta in almost identical circumstances at the age of 35 while playing for Motherwell.
While the FA and other national associations do screen for such defects, detecting the condition is extremely difficult as it tends to show few if any symptoms, particularly in young, physically fit athletes.
Some doctors believe screening to be ineffective and a waste of time, while others defend it as a necessary precaution even if the majority of cases cannot be predicted.
-Additional report from All Football.
UAE Further Extends Travel Ban Against Nigeria, S’Africa
Emirates Airline has extended the suspension of its flights from Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to at least August 7.
Suspension of flights from South Africa to UAE will also remain in place until the same date.
Recall that the initial suspension of flights was scheduled to end on July 31.
“Affected flight bookings have been cancelled,” the airline said in a statement on its website.
Emirates said its decision was in line with the UAE government’s directives restricting entry of travellers originating from the two countries.
Those who have travelled through South Africa and Nigeria in the last 14 days will not also be allowed on any Emirates flights heading to Dubai.
“Only one daily passenger flight to Johannesburg will operate as EK763; however, outbound passenger services on EK764 remain suspended.
“Customers who have been to or connected through South Africa or Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai,” the airline said.
The airline also extended the suspension of inbound passenger flights from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to the UAE until at least August 7, 2021.
Remembrance: Bose Olubo Writes Mentor Alade Aromire
Today, I remember u as always
Continue to Rest
…by Bose Olubo Adegeye
It was the normal waiting in the popular Klink Studio in Surulere, where Mr. Kinsley Ogoro pays host to many successful artistes today.
He was loving, patient and love his equipment
I was a regular backup singer/jingle and voice over studio rat ever ready to contribute to the script, I was still at yaba Tech studying Computer
Mama, the food seller next door is ever ready to serve us with bread and beans, okele with assorted meat.
On that faithful day, I met Prince Alade Aromire and Prince Jide Kosoko through Mr Wale Adewuyi and my friend Yomi Omidiran who later poducer my first album, My Root, not forgeting Mickey Dread (Presy), I wwas in his band, singing
I was very happy and quickly attended to them while they book for a film sound track.
That’s the beginning of my journey into the movie world
Prince Alade Aromire met with a lot insult from my family who believed he influence my diversion from computer science to full entertainment; music and movie at the time computer was highly lucrative with very few experts.
I remember doing some modelling but my height will never allow me to move further, as they only call me when they need ‘fine face’.
A senior colleque, Mr. Paul Obazele was actually my first oga who taught me rudiments of acting and modelling, but my mother should never even know as I was looking for admission, so I can only sneak in to surulere while looking for job.
Since the day i met Prince Alade Aromire, he became my father, brother, teacher and boss as it took him almost 5 years to convince my displinarian mother who later gave me her blessing as I launched my first film, Omo Oko in 1995.
I got to Jide Soleye hospital that day as you took your last breath, I could not say goodbye
Today, I remember u as always.
U are special
U were a genius
U love me like a daughter.
U taught me
Thank u Booda Muyi
Keep resting in the lord
Constitution Review A Waste of Time —Bode George
FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has advised the Federal Government to expedite action on devolution of powers to the states instead of wasting time on the ongoing constitution amendment.
George spoke on a Radio programme “Ijoba Alagbada”, a Yoruba political platform aired on Diamond FM 88.7, monitored in Ilorin, on Sunday. He also used the occasion to comment about threats of secession by some groups.
He said, “People are agitating for freedom because the present 1999 Nigeria Constitution cannot allow the various minority tribes to thrive in the country.
“It was as a result of fear of the minority tribes that the military government led by Yakubu Gowon, created states. But now, every section of the country is educated and they want to have a say in the affairs of the country, so there is the need to review how they are being governed.”
Speaking on the clamour for the setting up of another constitution review committee just like the Goodluck Jonathan administration did in 2014, George said, “I thank God that I participated in the Confab which is the first time that diverse people of the country would sit under the Chairmanship of Justice Idris Kutugi, now late who is very patient and wise.
“The three-volume report was submitted to the government and it contains everything needed for the restructuring of the country. We don’t need to look elsewhere other than to implement the report.
“The report was submitted to President Jonathan which he handed over to the present regime of President Buhari. There is no need for another constitution review committee.
“It is a waste of time and resources, let us bring out the report of the 2014 Confab and start its implementation.”
He appealed to separatist agitators such as the Indigenous People of Biafra to lay down their arms and embrace peace. He equally appealed to those seeking for the creation of Oduduwa Republic in the South West to sheathe their swords.
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