The Sunshine Stars of Akure are now caught up in crisis ridden Bamako five days after their CAF Champions League game against Malian side, Djoliba FC.
This situation has made the Nigeria Football Federation express deep concern for the players, officials, and accompanying journalists still in Mali.
The first batch of the delegates from Akure narrowly escaped the crisis prevalent in Bamako, Mali. However, ten players and four officials have been caught in the cross fire. This team is stuck in Bamako as a result of the renewed fighting in the country.
The NFF through its media Officer Ademola Olajire, said on Thursday that it has become more concerned as news filtered into Lagos that military forces stormed the team’s Hotel Columbus and ransacked one of the player’s room.
According to Olajire, the NFF President, Aminu Maigari, has been in regular phone contact with the leader of delegation and Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency – Segun Adagunodo.
Maigari also said on Thursday that the situation calls for prayers from all Nigerians.
“We are deeply concerned, Sunshine Stars went to Mali to represent Nigeria, and this situation makes us unhappy. We pray fervently that the situation improves quickly, so that the people involved can get
out of Mali.
Maigari said that although Adagunodo confirmed the safety of the Sunshine Stars team, it is pertinent that they are removed from the crisis torn zone.
“We are watching the situation closely and may decide on an alternative plan to get the team of Mali if the situation persists for a few more days”, he said.
The Chairman of Technical Sub-Committee, Chris Green; the NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu; and Chief Media Officer, Ademola Olajire, have been speaking regularly with Adagunodo since the unfortunate incident.
The Sunshine Stars FC played against the Malian team in the first leg of the CAF Champions League, the result was a 1-1 draw.