Nigeria Professional Football League side, Wikki Tourists FC were involved in an accident that left the team bus burnt to ashes.
The accident occured along Kibo road around the popular forest area after Jos in Plateau state on Thursday.
The Bauchi-based outfit was on the way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, to honour the NPFL match day 11 against Dakkada FC.
According to reports, the NPFL side left their base in Bauchi around 4.30am but the sad incident occurred some minutes to 7.00am near Jos.
Luckily, no life was lost in the inferno except for players and club officials, who lost values that include bags and phones.
According to an eyewitness account by one of the players in the bus, Damala Ezekiel, he revealed the bus lost two tyres before finally going up in flames
He wrote on his Twitter handle @Damalla33: “This Happened this Morning at Hawan Kibo on our way to Akwa Ibom for our match against Dakkada on Saturday.
“We lost 2 tyres b4 the Bus eventually caught Fire. Thank God for Delivering Us, no Life Was Lost, No One Was Injured. All Glory to God.
Secretary of the club, Abdullahi Ibrahim, who also confirmed the incident to newsmen said no one was hurt in the accident.
“Yes one of the tires of the bus burst and the vehicle was engulfed by fire. Fortunately the vehicle did not somersault and all the players and other occupants were able to escape through the windows of the bus. No one was hurt but the players and the occupants are in shock.
“Thank God no one is hurt but the players are in the shock because they all escaped out of the windows of bus but all their match kits, jerseys, boots were burnt to ashes.
“They are still at the scene of the accident waiting for help. We have spoken with Plateau United to assist us with a bus to convey our players home him because they are in shock,”
Ibrahim said he did not know whether the scheduled match with Dakada will be postponed or not saying he is in communication with Abuja for further action.
“The match was to be played this Saturday and was supposed to be a live match but now with this accident we don’t know. We don’t know for now because even if they are to play the match, will they play barefooted?
“There was nothing that was removed from the bus. We have to ascertain the loss but all their bags, items, kits , jerseys were all burnt. They items are usually gathered at one corner in the buss whenever they are travelling. We are now coordinating with our sister team Plateau United to help with a bus to convey the team,” he added
It will be recalled that on this same route 11 years ago, 15 footballers of amateur side, Jimeta Football Club Yola, as well as their coach and another official, met their deaths when their bus crashed into a gully.
This Happened this Morning at Hawan Kibo on Our Way to Akwa Ibom for our Match against Dakkada on Saturday. We lost 2 tyres b4 the Bus Eventually caught Fire.
Thank God for Delivering Us, no Life Was Lost, No One Was Injured. All Glory to God.@LMCNPFL @ShehuDikko @SonOfGrace33 pic.twitter.com/upkif6CkyB
— Damala Promise Ezekiel (@Damala33) February 18, 2021