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Tears Roll in as Nasarawa United player, slumps, dies during match

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Late Chieneme Martins

It’s being a harvest of tears as Chieneme Martins of Nasarawa United FC on Sunday, slumped and died during the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match day 23 in Lafia.

According to reports, Martins slumped at the center of the pitch while a match between Nasarawa United and Katsina United was ongoing.

Immediately that happened, the medics rushed to the pitch to try and resuscitate him but all efforts to do that failed.

Also a Peugeot 406 ambulance stationed at the match venue refused to start but the governor’s press crew bus was used to convey him to the hospital but he was already died before he was taken off the pitch, a source said.

Prior to his death, Martins had played for FC Abuja, Gabros, then FC Ifeanyi Ubah before he joined Nasarawa United.

Nasarawa United’s 3-0 win over visiting Katsina side was overshadowed by Martins death as the players, coaches and officials of the club cried profusely after the final whistle.

It would be recalled that a similar incident had occurred in 1992, when Samuel Okwaraji slumped and died during a World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos.

Netizens have however come hard on the government and management of the league, calling for the NPFL to be scrapped until the right amenities are put in place to avoided future occurrence of such a sad incident.

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Covid-19 test result for Victor Moses, Romelu Lukaku, Others revealed

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Nigerian superstar Victor Moses alongside Belgian striker, Romelo Lukaku and other players of Inter Milan FC, have received their test results for the novel.corona virus.

The players who are star players for seria A Football club, Inter Milan FC were tested on Sunday.

However, according to the statement released on the Serie A site, all players and officials tested negative to the deadly virus.

The statement reads partly; “FC Internazionale Milano announces that all of the results from Friday’s medical tests on the club’s players, coaching staff, management staff, and the remainder of the team group have returned as negative.”

This online news platform is aware that Serie A clubs have been granted permission to resume training from Monday, May 18.

Meanwhile, recall that Football games resumed in Germany on Saturday, May 16 after several weeks of suspension occasioned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the world.

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Football is back as EPL makes preparation for June 1 re-start

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Premier League clubs received a boost to their hopes of completing the season on Monday as the government published a “roadmap” that could see the return of elite sport in England from June 1.

As the 20 English top-flight clubs met for further talks on “Project Restart”, ministers announced plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown.

Under step two of that process, which cannot begin any earlier than June 1, sporting events would be allowed “to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”.

Such events will only be allowed if sufficient progress is made in limiting the spread of the virus.

Premier League clubs had been planning for a return to action no earlier than the week beginning June 8.

English top-flight clubs were reportedly talking about a possible resumption despite growing disquiet among players over safety issues and divisions over proposals on how to finish the season.

Before the resumption of matches can be considered, protocols need to be agreed on how to return to group training safely and on how the Premier League would deal with positive tests.

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Covid-19: For the 4th Time, Juventus player Dybala tests positive

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Juventus Striker, Paulo Dybala, has tested positive to the popular Corona virus disease.

This is the fourth time, the player who plays for the Argentina National team will be declared positive.

Few weeks ago, Dybala and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini, were confirmed positive for the COVID-19 disease.

According to the report by the Spanish programme El Chiringuito, Dybala has had a total of four tests in six weeks and all test has returned positive.

It could be recalled that the 26-year-old player narrated a few weeks ago of the unpleasant experience he had with the dreadful virus within the few days.

He said, “I feel better now after some strong symptoms. A couple of days ago I was not well, I felt heavy and after five minutes of movement I had to stop because I was struggling to breathe.”

“Now I can move and walk to start trying to train because when I tried in the past few days I started to shake too much. I gasped for air and as a result I couldn’t do anything, after five minutes I was already very tired, I felt the body heavy and my muscles hurt.”

“Now I’m fine. My fiancée Oriana (Sabatini) has also overcome the symptoms.”

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