The FC Ifeanyi Uba football team bus was attacked by armed robbers who was allegedly Armed Robbers In NYSC Uniform Attack FC Ifeanyi Uba Team Bus (Photos) dressed in NYSC uniforms.
The team members encountered the attack on their way to Kano State, for the Professional Nigerian Football League (NPFL) which was supposed to be today.
According to reports, their bus was attacked when they were still at Kabba, Kogi State. No life was lost, but it was gathered that the driver and one of the players was hit by a bullet.
The The armed robbers on NYSC uniform opened fire on seeing their bus and seriously injured the driver and other players.
They have been rushed to the hospital.
Ifeanyi Ubah FC is the only privately owned football club that is still playing at the Nigeria Premier League.
Other private football clubs have been relegated. The other surviving club is MFM owned by a church.
The Chairman of the club who identified himself as, Chukwuma Ubah said to the newsmen.
“This is to inform the general public that at about 1:30pm today, players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra Warriors) who were travelling to Kano for their scheduled NPFL match day 6 fixture against Jigawa Golden Stars ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in NYSC uniforms, operating at Kabba junction, near Lokoja in Kogi state,” the statement read.
“To the glory of God, no life was lost. However, the driver was shot while some members of the coaching crew and players were critically injured. The affected persons are currently being treated and are responding to treatment.
“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.”
Mr Chuwkuma also said that they were attacked at Okene, the driver and one of the players was hit by a bullet, but the two are currently receiving treatment at the hospital. He went on to thank God that no life was lost.