More chilling details have emerged from Tuesday’s robbery attack suffered by players and officials of Nigeria National League side, Osun United Football Club at the Ore/Ondo/Akure Expressway.
The Media Officer of the second-tier club, Tunde Shamsudeen, told PREMIUM TIMES it was only an act of God that no life was lost in the incidence even as he revealed that the season may be over for one of the club’s injured players.
According to him, the robbers were monster-like in their approach as they used machete on the players and officials despite their victims not putting up any form of resistance.
“We were returning from Calabar where we went to play a rescheduled game, our driver was at top speed and did not even see the barricade already mounted by the robbers, he was already very close before he attempted to reverse,” the Osun United FC spokesperson said.
“Before you know what was happening the thieves jumped out from their hideout and bounced on the driver, they were using their cutlass on him like they wanted to kill a ram, even as the players submitted their phones and monies, the robbers still macheted them.” He added.
Mr. Shamsudeen confirmed that the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has already waded into the matter and has ordered the injured players and officials to be the taken to the Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital for proper treatment.
“We are grateful to His Excellency for his prompt intervention, aside from asking the injured players to be taken to Ladoke Akintola for better treatment, he has also promised our players and officials Hazard Support,” he stated.
Though the media officer confirmed that most of the injured players and officials are responding to treatment, he expressed fears over the chances of Olabisi Olagunju returning to action this season.
“We thank God some of the wounded players and officials are responding to treatment; but our first choice goalkeeper, Ayo Ojo, may be out for one month while we are not sure if Olagunju will play again this season,” he said
Osun United are presently occupying the 8th spot on the Southern Conference of the Nigeria National League table.