Vanguard (Lagos)

22 May 2012

Nigeria: One Die as Five Gateway Football Officials Injure in Accident

No fewer than five officials of Gateway Football Club, Abeokuta sustained serious injuries in an accident involving the club official Peugeot 505 station wagon car and one other space wagon car on their way back home after a national League Championship in Ekiti state leaving one woman dead.

Vanguard learnt that the woman that died was a mother to the owner of the Space wagon which had a head-on collision with the official car of the Gateway Football Club

It was further learn that, Gateway Football Club coach identified as Philip Boamah and other four officials were lucky as they were only injured and had been taken to a hospital in Ekiti state where they are receiving treatment.

A source informed our Correspondent that the Ogun State Government was making arrangement to transfer them back home for further treatment.

According to an eye witness,the accident occurred when the tyre of a Mitsubushi wagon car, prompted the driver to lose control which resulted in an head-on collision with the official car of the Gateway club management.

Our correspondent further learnt that, all the five occupants of the official car whose number plate could not be ascertained as at the time of filing the report sustained injuries.

But, luckily, the bus conveying the players which was behind the officials car, narrowly escaped the crash.

The injured Gateway Football Club officials are: Chief Coach, Welfare Officer, Curator, Driver and one official of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. They were rushed to Ekiti University Teaching Hospital alongside with occupants of the Mitsubushi Wagon

When contacted on phone, Media Officer of Gateway Football Club, Biodun Alabi confirmed the incident, adding that the victims were receiving treatment at the Teaching Hospital, in the town as at the time of filing this report.

He said 'it was a head on collision between an official Peugeot 505 station wagon car of Gateway United and a private Mitsubushi car as we were about leaving Ado-Ekiti around 9am. One of the tyres of the Mitsubushi car burst making it swerve out its lane to face our own car' Alabi explained.

" Five occupants of the other car including a baby are also receiving treatment. Both cars a write off'

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