Abia Warriors goalkeeper, Charles Tambe, who was shot in the hand by hoodlums on Friday in Ibadan is in a stable condition, the Nigeria Professional Football League club has stated.
The keeper, our correspondent learnt, was on an early morning exercise around 7am when hoodlums accosted him in Apata area of the town.
Abia Warriors through their website issued a statement that the keeper was in a stable condition.
“We are monitoring situations at University College Hospital, Ibadan. I spoke with Tambe, and he was stable,” the club’s sporting director, Patrick Nwaogu, was quoted as saying on the website.
“They shot him in his right hand with a local gun, but we are grateful to God the bullets just went through and didn’t pierce his body.
“The doctors at the hospital gave him urgent attention and put him on observation. He is in his normal high spirit, and hopefully by Saturday, the doctors will give us further directives.”
The club had on Saturday granted the players an additional one week break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The club’s chairman, Emeka Iyanma, also confirmed the attack to our correspondent on phone.
“He was jogging around Apata and hoodlums attacked him and demanded for his phone and wristwatch, apparently, there must have been a scuffle and then they shot him. But he is stable in UCH now,” he told WE4WE REPORTS.
The club issued a statement on their Twitter handle confirming the attack.
“Our goalkeeper Charles Tambe was shot this morning (Friday) by hoodlums in Ibadan.
“Tambe is in the hospital in Ibadan, receiving treatment. Our club management is following up on the tragedy.
“We will keep you updated. We advise everyone to be safe at this time,” the club said on Twitter.
When our correspondent contacted the Public Relations Officer of Oyo State Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, he said he was not aware of the attack.
“I don’t have that information,” he said.
The League Management Company had on March 18 suspended the Nigeria Professional Football League indefinitely due to the outbreak.
The attack on Tambe comes less than two weeks after the abduction of Enyimba midfielder Dayo Ojo and Abia Comet’s Benjamin Iluyomade by suspected kidnappers around Ipele in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The players alongside Ojo’s teammate, Emmanuel James, who escaped being kidnapped, were travelling from Aba to Akure after the postponement of the domestic league.
The families of the players and Enyimba ended up paying N2.5m for the release of the duo.
Within the break period, Enugu Rangers striker, Ifeanyi George, also died in an accident on March 22, while travelling to Lagos.
The accident, which occurred along the Onitsha-Agbor-Benin Expressway, also claimed the life of Emmanuel Ogbu, a member of Ranger’s feeders team and Eteka Gabriel, a footballer and friend of George.