Obuh warns NPFL players against ‘unnecessary’ travels



Former Akwa United manager, John Obuh has warned Nigeria Professional Football League players against regular travels out of their bases when given breaks by their clubs.

He made this call following the death of Rangers International FC attacker Ifeanyi George on Sunday while on his way to Lagos as well as the kidnapping of Enyimba’s Dayo Ojo.

He however advised the players to stop the urge to travel during this time that clubs are on break as a result of increasing spread of cornonavirus also known as COVID-19.

It will be recalled that NPFL clubs approved a two-week break following the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

In a chat with him on Whatsapp, Obuh called on players to stop travelling adding that the situation in the country and globally does not encourage such.

“I am so much disturbed about the event of things as regards to the death of players, most importantly the recent one that have just happened.

“Let us look at it from the happening of today where we lost a player because he was travelling. We also had a situation of kidnapping because of travelling. I want to believe that not every break requires players leaving their camps. It is not healthy.

“Not every time you have one or two off days and people will be travelling. Why are you travelling? OK, why are we not getting our brothers and sister who are playing abroad ever since this thing happened?

“They have been quarantined in their various home with their families, making sure that if they are going out, they will obey the best of hygiene and come back probably to go and get food for their family to eat.

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“Our players are not supposed to be travelling every time, there are lot of risks. You are to drive yourself within your area where you team is but when it comes to travelling, go and look for professional drivers, pay them and they will take you to where you are going and then come back. You must not necessarily travel in your car just because you have a break.

“While these things are still happening, I want us to take lessons out of it. COVID-19 does not say we should travel, it says we should stay at home. That is what it said. Please let us adhere strictly to it and maintain the highest level of hygiene,” he said.


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