“It is saddening to hear that people involved in football were attacked in this way, in broad daylight. Football brings happiness to the people, and those involved in the game, especially the players, should not be visited with this kind of pain and anguish.
“The Nigeria Football Federation and the Nigeria football fraternity console the injured players and officials. Our hearts are with them at this tough period.”
Players and officials of the Nigerian champions, who were on their way to a season-opening Premier League match against Heartland FC of Owerri, were ambushed after Abaji on the Abuja-Lokoja highway, and officials have confirmed that five players remain seriously injured.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick has also commended the League Management Company for postponing Kano Pillars’ match against Heartland FC of Owerri.