Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko has said the league is saddened by the untimely death of Abdul Haruna, a former player of Kano Pillars who passed on Sunday during a local friendly game in Kano.
Haruna, who had stints with Heartland of Owerri started the season with Pillars before leaving for trials in Vietnam.
He was also a member of the national beach soccer team that played in the Africa Nations Beach Tournament in Morocco in 2013 and his death was confirmed by the Media Officer of Kano Pillars, Mallam Malikawa.
“We are saddened by the loss of the player, Abdul Haruna and on behalf of the League Management Company, the 20 NPFL Clubs and Players, I wish to condole with the Management and players of Kano Pillars on the untimely demise of one of their own. We pray for a peaceful repose of his soul”.
Dikko said that “while we mourn the player, it is also pertinent that clubs undertake regular medical check-up on their players especially using the FIFA Medical Commission recommended kits which were provided them by the LMC at the start of the season. While death is inevitable, we must do all that is humanly possible on our part to manage the health of the players to prevent avoidable deaths”.
He said the LMC will in the coming season firm up players pension schemes with sector operators to cater for retired players and the families of those who may die in active duty.
“The LMC will in the coming season work on concluding arrangements for the Players Pension Scheme as well as explore possibilities of having an enhancing the existing insurance package for all the registered players and their club officials”, Dikko revealed.
Haruna was said to have slumped and died while playing in a friendly game between a select side of Kano Professionals and others on Sunday. His remains was buried on Monday according to Islamic rites.