Danger was averted yesterday at the Abuja National Stadium during a Glo-Premier League Super 6 match as medics battled frantically to revive Flying Eagles defender, Izu Omeego who was eventually taken away unconscious to an undisclosed hospital.
The defender’s problem started after he stretched to clear the ball off the feet of a Pillars attacker, but the opponent matched him
on the head and he immediately went comatose. The player was motionless for some time before the medics battled to revive him with oxygen before taking him to an undisclosed hospital.
Before the incident, which happened late in the second stanza, the Flying Eagles had already taken a 2-1 lead over reigning Glo-Premier League champions Kano Pillars. In their opening match the coach Manu Garba tutored team handed a 2-0 victory over reigning Federation Cup champions, Enyimba International of Aba.
Sulieman Abdulahi got the curtain raiser after a through pass from Taiwo Awoniyi to beat Pillars’ goalkeeper, Theophilus Afeluka.
However, Pillars got a breather when Flying Eagles captain Musa Mohammed headed an aerial ball into his own net.
Awoniyi who was voted man of the match restored dominance in the 35th minute after he carefully rounded up two Pillars’ defenders to slot in a beautiful goal which turned out to be the game decider.
Earlier in the first match of the day, Enyimba International salvaged some pride when they defeated Warri Wolves by a lone goal, scored in the first half of the encounter.