Players of Rangers International and Kano Pillars are to wear black arm bands during their rescheduled Match Day 9 fixture in Enugu this Sunday as a mark of respect for the 30 football fans that died in Calabar, Thursday night while watching European football in a commercial viewing centre.

 

The fans were said to have been electrocuted when live electricity wire fell on the building following a thunder strike.

 

The League Management Company (LMC) announced the mark of honour for the deceased and directed players and officials of the two teams to observe a minutes silence before kick-off.

 

“Football is a universal game driving passion in men, women, boys, girls, the rich and the poor hence we have to commiserate with the unfortunate 30 who could also have died in a stadium”, the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko said.

 

He urged for more safety measures to be put in place by owners of arenas where football is played and or watched on screens.

 

“Our sympathy at NPFL goes to the families of the dead fans and we pray that their soul rests in peace. They will be honoured during our rescheduled game between Rangers and Pillars in Enugu this Sunday”, Dikko stated.

The league organisers have announced a new returning date for the Nigeria topflight due to some outstanding matches

The League Management Company has announced May 21 as the new resumption date for the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League season.

In a statement, Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer said the two weeks shift from earlier scheduled date of May 7 was in view of concluding the rescheduled matches involving Enugu Rangers and Rivers United.

“We also have deemed it right to accommodate the State Federation Cup finals which obviously will feature some of the NPFL Clubs”, Abubakar said.

“We didn't think it would be appropriate for the clubs to carry over their first stanza fixtures into the second round.''

Both teams, who were dropped out from the Caf Championship League to the Caf Confederation Cup, with only Rivers United reaching the group phase have varying outstanding games.

 

In a related development, Abubakar confirmed that Rivers United will host Remo Stars on Wednesday, May 3, while Rangers will welcome Plateau United in another rescheduled match.

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