The Akure side is trapped in Bamako, the troubled capital of Mali
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Thursday, expressed deep concern for the players, officials and accompanying journalists of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure who are still trapped in Bamako, the capital of Mali, following renewed fighting in that country.
This came on the heels of reports that some soldiers stormed Sunshine’s hotel and ransacked a player’s room.
Of the entire delegation, 10 players, four officials and two journalists were trapped in the Malian capital after rebel forces caused unrest in the capital.
NFF President, Aminu Maigari, who has been in regular phone contact with the leader of the delegation and Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency, Chief Segun Adagunodo, said that the situation called for prayers from all Nigerians.
“We are deeply concerned. Sunshine Stars went to Mali to represent Nigeria, and this situation makes us unhappy. We pray fervently that the situation improves quickly, so that the people involved can get out of Mali,” Maigari said.
“I have been speaking with Chief Adagunodo for the past few days and although he says they are comfortable and have nothing much to worry about, it is important that they are able to get out of the place.
“We are watching the situation closely and may decide on an alternative plan to get the team out of Mali if the situation persists for a few more days.”
Sunshine Stars FC played a courageous game and were only forced to a 1-1 draw by Djoliba of Mali in the first leg of their CAF Champions League third round fixture in Bamako on Saturday.