The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), League Management Company, match commissioner, Christian Mbah and Nasarawa United will know their fate Monday, March 15, 2021 as the National Industrial Court in Abuja will deliver judgement in a test case filed against them by the family of late footballer, Chineme Martins, The PUNCH reports.
The family is asking for compensation for the demise of their son, who passed away on March 8, 2020 while in action for his club, Nasarawa United in a Nigeria Professional Football League match against Katsina United at the Lafia Township Stadium.
The late Martins passed on, after collapsing on the pitch, because the ambulance that should have conveyed him to a hospital, failed to start.
The match commissioner for the tie, Mbah, was alleged to have failed in his duty to ensure all medical and safety protocols as contained in the league rules, were met before commencement of match.
According to court documents, Martins’ family is seeking N120m compensation from Nasarawa United.
The family has however received N4m so far, and this money was used to cover the cost of the late footballer’s burial.
Martins was laid to rest in Abia State on June 6, 2020, three months after his demise.
The family is also asking for the support of global players’ union, Fifpro, as they seek justice 11 months after Martins’ death.