Abuja - An opening day fixture of the new Nigeria Premier League season involving
champions Kano Pillars has been postponed after armed robbers shot and wounded
at least five players.
The League Management
Company (LMC) announced that Saturday's match with Heartland was called off
because of the attack on Thursday as Pillars travelled to the game in Owerri,
Striker Mohammed Gambo,
midfielder Eneji Otekpa and defender Reuben Ogbonnaya were among those who
suffered bullet wounds when robbers opened fire after stealing cash and
"We are still in shock
after the robbery," said Pillars defender Isaac Loute.
"They just opened fire
at the bus and the bus stopped, the next thing they started asking us to bring
out our money, which we did. They collected money and our phones.
"After which they
still shot some of our players. We thank God nobody died," he added.