Tragedy struck in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Tuesday when two female football stars who played for the Police Machine, Uyo were killed in their prime by a hit-and-run jeep driver after their evening training session.
The players, Saturday Glory and Aniebet Ekong, died on the spot before any first aid attention could be given as they were returning to base after Tuesday’s training when they were hit by a car along the New Stadium Road.
Linda Nnaocha, the assistant captain of Police Machine, confirmed the sad incident saying “the players died on the spot before they could be taken to the hospital for necessary treatment.’
The Police Machine ladies are bidding to gain promotion to the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) next season at the Women Pro-League promotion playoff billed to commence on Friday.
They were scheduled to battle with Pelican Stars, Moje Queens FC and Olori Babes for the two tickets at the Confluence Stadium before Tuesday’s devastating news.
Reacting to the unfortunate development, Aisha Falode, the chairperson of the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) sympathised with the management and officials of the club.
We @TheNWFL still mourn the demise of Pro-League side players Saturday Glory and Aniebet Ekong
“It is with great sadness that we receive the news of the death of two young players of Pro-League side Police Machine FC,” Falode said in an NWFL official statement.