The National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club Rev. Samuel Ikpea has called for prayers for all Nigerian players playing in the Nigerian Professional Football League.
Ikpea who spoke exclusively to Sports Intelligence Magazine in Lagos, said the misfortune befalling Nigerian footballers in recent time is unbecoming, sorrowful and really calls for divine intervention.
“Not too long ago, we received the death of Chineme Martins of Nasarawa United and Tiamiyu Kazeem of Remo Stars with shock”, Ikpea started, and on Sunday three others were involved in an auto crash accident along the Benin-Agbor road”
“In this case, Ifeanyi George of Rangers International FC was involved, with another sad story of the kidnapping of Dayo Ojo of Enyimba FC and Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets”
“Our Football which should be our source of joy is gradually becoming a big source of sorrow, and this is a big concern to those of us who are members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club”.
“It is time for us to go on our knees and seek the face of God for the protection of our footballers” Ikpea added, “And this needs to be done as soon as possible”.
Rev. Samuel Ikpea who is a Pastor and an Assistant General Overseer at the Assembly of Faithful Church Worldwide said he personally wanted to call for a prayer session for members of the NFSC and other stakeholders in football, but the situation following the outbreak of the coronavirus does not warrant for such.
“I would have called for a prayer session of all members”, Ikpea started, “but the measures put in place by the government asking all to avoid overcrowded areas to avoid the transmission of the coronavirus through body contact in the country will not give room for such”
“We as members of the Supporters Club have to respect policies which come from government, particularly as it is on grounds of expediency and in the best interest of the people”.
However, Rev Ikpea who does believe that the recent measures put in place by the government is a total hindrance to prayers for our footballers has also charged all members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club to pray in their various homes for Nigerian footballers. Describing them (Footballers), as the source of their joy.
“The reason for our existence is for the sake of the footballers, they are the source of our joy, and I have called on all members of the Supporters Club and the concerned football loving community to join in this crusade as we pray for our footballers individually in our various homes” .
“Without the footballers, the Supporters Club will not exist; we therefore owe them a duty to pray for them in their chosen career”. Particularly at this point in time when footballers in the country are faced with this ugly situation” he concluded