Following the death of a Nassarawa United player, Chineme Martins, Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has ordered that no league game should be played henceforth without the presence of paramedics and equipment at match venues.
Dare who gave the directive on Monday in a statement said the decision was taken after due consultations with key stakeholders.
Martin’s slumped and died in a Nigeria Professional Football League game against Katsina United at Lafia City Stadium, Lafia, on Sunday.
“This decision was reached to ensure prompt response in the event of any incident during matches.
“We don’t want any avoidable deaths in our match venues; or at any other sports venue for that matter.”
Under the arrangement, all match commissioners and host State FAs are to inspect all medical facilities at match venues and test run to confirm that they are working before the commencement of any league game.
The minister however commiserated with the family of the departed player and his club.