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Ball boy shot, players, others injured in gunmen attack on Sunshine Stars FC

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Ball boy shot, players, others injured in gunmen attack on Sunshine Stars FC

Ball boy shot, team manager, other club officials and players injured in gunmen attack on bus of Sunshine Stars Football Club (FC) of Akure.

Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

By Segun Giwa

A ball boy was shot while the team manager, Seun Betiku, other club officials and players were injured in an attack by gunmen on the vehicle of Sunshine Stars football Club of Akure on Thursday.

The vehicle was attacked along Benin-Ore highway while the team was on their way to Benin for a Nigeria Premier Football League match day 13 against Bendel Insurance of Benin.

Sunshine Stars Football FC Media Officer, Michael Akintunde confirmed the gunmen attack in a statement issued in Akure.

He said those injured in the attack have been hospitalised.

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He also confirmed that the ball boy of the team was shot while the Team Manager, Seun Betiku, and other club officials injured have been taken to a nearby hospital.

“It’s saddened our heart to inform Nigerians, especially football lovers that out team was attacked few minutes ago along Ore-Benin Expressway to honour an a tie, against Insurance of Benin, scheduled for this weekend.

“Our ball boy was shot in the horrible attack, our team manager and other club officials including players are seriously injured.

“It took the intervention of officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps that helped rescue the injured officials and the shot individual to a nearby hospital.

“We hope you join us in prayers,” the statement concluded,” the Sunshine Stars FC media officer said.