Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:46 pm
Kwara United President, Prince Oladimeji Ladi Thompson, has expressed gratitude to God for sparing the lives of the club’s players and officials involved in a motor accident on Wednesday in Ibadan.
The club president told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that God had been faithful to the team.
He said that the degree of the accident was high but God saved all the lives involved.
He expressed satisfaction that three members of the team who sustained injuries were responding to treatment.
NAN reports that a player and two officials of the club were injured when a bus conveying the team got involved in an accident at 7.00a.m at Moniya, Ibadan.
The team were returning from Lagos where they participated in the just-concluded Bet9ja Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 4.
They were returning to their base in Kwara when the accident occurred.
The team had lost their first match to the eventual winners of the competition, Go Round FC.
The Afonja warlords lost the match 4-2 on penalties after the regular time ended in a barren draw.
The team management was displeased with the knockout format adopted by the organisers of the competition.
Kwara United management contested the format in a statement issued by the club’s Media Officer, Abdul Waheed Bibire.
In the statement, the club signified intention to discontinue.
On the accident, Bibire said that no life was lost although three people sustained various degrees of injuries.
“Kwara United players and officials in the early hours of today were involved in a motor accident in Ibadan.
“The coaster bus conveying the harmony boys who were on their way from Lagos from the NNL Super 4 tournament ran into a parked trailer.
“The bus rammed into the stationary trailer in an attempt to avoid a speeding vehicle from the other end of the road.
“Three out of the people on board sustained various degrees of injuries and have since been taken to hospital for medical attention,’’ he said.
The three people injured are Alfred Stephen (player), Ijaya Lukman (welfare official) and a freelance cameraman.
The Team Manager, Jimoh Oke, had also told NAN that no life was lost to the accident.
Oke said that the injured player and officials were receiving treatment in a hospital in Ibadan.
“A player and two officials were injured; they are responding to treatment.
“We thank God that no life was lost to the incident; we will proceed to Ilorin today,” Oke said.
NAN reports that Kwara United will lock horns with Niger Tornadoes of Minna in the opening day of the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), on Sunday in Ilorin.