Gunmen attacked members of Ifeanyi Ubah FC team in Kogi on Friday, November 29, 2019.
According to TheCable, the team members were on their way to Kano for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) day six fixture, when they were attacked.
The gunmen reportedly opened fire on the team bus as the driver and a player sustained injuries.
Narrating the incident, Chukwuma Ubah, chairman of the club said, “Our bus was attacked by gunmen in Kabba. The driver and a player was hit by bullets fired at the bus. They have been taken to a hospital nearby where they are being attended to. We thank God that no life was lost.”
Following the incident, the club urged the Federal Government in a statement to improve security in the country.
The statement reads, “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.”