Coronavirus: Obu counsels players on travelling
By Femi Atolagbe.
Former National teams coach, John Sam Obuh has advised Nigeria players plying their trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL to stop the urge to travel until the scourge of the deadly coronavirus abates.
Obu made the call in the wake of the suspension of football activities in the country owing to the ravaging effects of COVID-19.
With over 40 cases confirmed in the country, one dead and two discharged, clubs gave their players from two and more weeks break to self-isolate or remain indoor pending when the situation normalises.
However, some players saw the break as an opportunity to travel to their various homes with fatalities recorded.
For instance, Rangers International FC attacker Ifeanyi George was killed on road accident on Sunday on his way to Lagos while Enymba and Abia Comments players were kidnapped while travelling.
Plateau United coach, Abdul Maikaba had asked his players not to travel but to stay in indoor during this period.
Echoing his colleagues stand, Obuh called on players to stop travelling adding that the situation in the country and globally does not encourage such.
Coach Obuh said he was so much disturbed as regards the events with death of players and attacks at this period.
“Our players are not supposed to be travelling every time, there are lot of risks. People are jealosuing you and more so, those of you that feel you have a car, must you be the one to drive yourself? You are to drive yourself within your area where you team is but when it comes to travelling, go and look for professional drivers, pay them and they will take you to where you are going and then come back.
You must not necessarily travel in your car just because you have a break.
“While these things are still happening, I want us to take lessons out of it. COVID-19 does not say we should travel, it says we should stay at home. That is what it said. Please let us adhere strictly to it and maintain the highest level of hygiene.