NPFL: Rivers Utd Stars out of Hospital after Mishap


The Rivers United players who were admitted after the club’s bus was involved in an accident last Thursday have been discharged from Hospital.

Yusuf Jaiyeola, Sope Hameed and club captain, Festus Austin all sustained varying degrees of injuries after the accident that occurred in Ndele, Rivers State.

They were subsequently admitted at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) where they received medical attention.

The trio have now been discharged with the club’s doctor, Chukwuemeka Agi, revealing that two of the three players can now return to action.

“Sope suffered a laceration while Austin injured his knee. However, the knee injury suffered by Austin turned out not to be as serious as first feared and he can therefore return to action.

“The only person who cannot play competitive matches at this stage is Yusuf who suffered a deep cut in the Achilles tendon.

“Seventeen other persons who were in the bus at the time of the accident have since been treated for minor bruises and psychological trauma,” he told

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) First Vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi, has commiserated with Rivers United over the accident that left three footballers and one official seriously injured.

“I want to commiserate with Rivers United FC over the accident that happened last Thursday.

“I pray for a speedy recovery for all those injured and pray that similar things do not recur,” he said.

Rivers United currently occupy third place in the NPFL standings with 44 points from 26 matches this season.