Enyimba Players Abducted By Kidnappers
It was a dark day for Nigeria football as two players in the books of Enugu Rangers died in a car crash while other two Enyimba stars were kidnapped on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Sunday got worse for Nigerian football following the news that Enyimba’s duo of Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Diomande were kidnapped.
The kidnappers have reportedly made contact for a ransom for Ojo.
The players were on their way home when they were abducted at Ipele, after Ifon in Ondo State. Although there were three players in the car at the time, only two were kidnapped as Emma James escaped.
It’s been a tough month for NPFL that also saw the death of Nasarawa United defender Chimene Martins who slumped and died during a match against Katsina United in Lafia on Sunday, March 8.
That death also happened a couple of weeks after Remo Stars assistant captain Tiyamiyu Kazeem died allegedly during an altercation with policemen in Sagamu.
Enugu Rangers forward Ifeanyi George was driving with his friend Gabriel Eteka and Rangers B player Emmanuel Ogbu when he ran into a stationary vehicle along the Agbor-Benin expressway.
The three occupants of the car died on the spot according to information reaching Pulse Sports.
With the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season suspended due to the emerging cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, George and his friends were on their way to Lagos for a holiday after Enugu Rangers gave them 10 days off.
George’s death sent shock waves throughout Nigerian football as tributes flooded in.
The League Management Company (LMC) organisers of the NPFL in a statement on their website released that their chairman Shehu Dikko called Enugu Rangers’ team manager Amobi Ezueaku and coach Salisu Yusuf to extend his condolence message.
“We sympathise with the club at this trying time and pray for the repose of his soul and wish the injured ones a speedy recovery”, Dikko is quoted to have said during the phone call.