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Nigeria premier league suspended after player dies

By AFP |   10 March 2020   |   3:58 pm  

Nigeria’s football federation on Tuesday announced the indefinite suspension of the country’s premier league to ensure proper medical support is put in place following the death of a player during a match at the weekend.

Nasarawa United defender Chineme Martins, 22, collapsed and died during Sunday’s league clash against Katsina United at the Lafia Township Stadium in northern Nigeria.

Lack of proper medical support has been blamed for what the country’s sports minister described as “regrettable and avoidable” death.

The Nigeria Football Federation said it had “ordered for the onward suspension of league matches until there is medical equipment compliance at different league venues”.

Clubs have been directed to ensure there is a full complement of medical equipment and personnel at all match venues by March 14.

A date for the restart of the league was not mentioned.

The Nigerian league has long suffered from poor funding that has hit medical care for players.

Twenty-three rounds of matches have so far been played in the 20-team championship.

Plateau United lead the standings with 43 points from 23 matches.

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