The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has raised concerns over the rising incidents of robbery attacks targeting football clubs traveling by road within the country.
The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, urged security agencies to implement additional measures to ensure the safety of road users, especially sports teams, in light of recent attacks.
The NFF expressed deep dismay over the recent attacks on players and officials of football clubs, citing instances involving Nigeria National League (NNL) club FC One Rocket and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Sunshine Stars.
Dr. Sanusi highlighted that these incidents resulted in injuries to individuals and the loss of valuable items.
“Only on Thursday, 7th December, 2023, players and officials of Sunshine Stars of Akure were attacked on the Ore-Benin Road by armed robbers, with the ball boy shot. This is worrisome and we are passionately appealing to security personnel to painstakingly work out new ways and methods of ensuring safety and security of lives and properties on our roads.”