Two Nigeria Women’s Pro league footballers have were killed by a hit-and-run driver on Tuesday, brila.net reported.
Glory Saturday and Ini Ekong, both players of Police Machine Akwa Ibom, died on the spot, after they were knocked down by a truck in Uyo.
According to a condolence letter sent to the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Akwa Ibom, the players were “due to travel to Lokoja to participate in the National Women Pro League.”
The letter stated:
We received with rude shock, the heart-wrenching news of the unfortunate demise of two footballers, Glory Saturday and Ini Ekong, through an accident by a hit-and-run trailer driver in Uyo, Tuesday.
Until their deaths both footballers played for Police Machine Female Football Team of Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
It is even more gloomy that this ill-fated occurrence took place just when the team was due to travel to Lokoja to participate in the National Women Pro League.
We wish to expressly state that these two deceased footballers contributed in no little measure to the uplift and promotion of football nay sports in our State especially when they and their colleagues won the National Women Play-Off in Abuja to qualify for the Women Pro League.
Whereas we lack words to adequately articulate the sadness of our hearts in the sports community of the State but we join thousandths of football followers from within our dear State and beyond to commiserate with the families of the deceased and the Nigeria Police Force especially Akwa Ibom State Police Command on this despicable event.
It is our collective prayer that God embellishes you all with the necessary fortitude and valour to bear this irreplaceable loss.
Please accept our sincerest condolences and the assurance of our whole-hearted support during these moments of trepidation.
May their souls find eternal repose in God’s bosom. Amen.
The league body tweeted on Wednesday: We @TheNWFL still mourn the demise of Pro-League side players Saturday Glory and Aniebet Ekong 😭😭😭😭😭. R.I.P
— Nigeria Women Footba (@TheNWFL) October 2, 2019