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Rivers seek postponement of Ikorodu Utd tie after bus accident

29 July 2016, 14:01

Lagos - Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Rivers United have written to the League Management Company (LMC) to postpone its Week 29 game against Ikorodu United following an auto crash involving the team on Thursday.

Rivers United is billed to face Ikorodu United in an NPFL clash on Sunday, July 30 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.

Seventeen members of the contingent were treated on Thursday night after the accident which occurred at around 8pm around the axis of the East West Road Ndele, Rivers State.

Four members of the Rivers United team (three players and one official) have since been admitted at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), as a result of serious injuries they sustained after the auto crash.

The affected players are Yusuf Jaiyeola, Sope Hameed and club captain Festus Austin.

Also read: Fed Cup: Rivers United, Enyimba clash headline quarter finals

The Rivers United doctor, Chukwuemeka Agi explained that the situation with the admitted official and players ‘is serious’.

“Yusuf’s situation is the most serious as he suffered a deep cut in the Achilles tendon which occasioned serious bleeding.

“Sope has a laceration while Austin suffered a very serious knee injury.

“For the others who were not admitted, we still have not given them the all clear as they are still being assessed.

“This is because in such cases, people usually experience cases of internal bleeding,” Agi said.

A psychologist will also be dispatched to visit the team on Friday.

Rivers United is currently in third place on the NPFL standings, three points adrift of the leaders, Wikki Tourists.

News24 reported that Rivers United ensured only one team from Oyo State make It to the quarter final of the 2016 Federation Cup by beating 3SC 3-2 on penalties in the Round of 16 tie.

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