BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – Players and officials of the Bauchi State Government owned Wikki Tourists Football Club on Thursday escaped death by the whiskers as the bus conveying the team to Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, for a match day 11 fixture was involved in a ghastly accident at Hawan Kibo near Jos in Plateau State.
The Club Secretary, Abdullahi Ibrahim, who narrated the incident in a telephone conversation with Forefront few hours after the accident happened, said that the team was on its way for a match fixture with Dakada United of Akwa Ibom this Saturday at the Uyo Nest Stadium.
Ibrahim said; “One of the tyres of the bus burst and the vehicle got engulfed in fire. Fortunately, the vehicle did not somersault and all the players and other occupants were able to escape through the windows of the bus. No one was hurt but the players and the occupants are in shock”.
He also said that the bus left Bauchi at about 4:00am this morning (Thursday) and was moving smoothly before the accident.
According to him; “The kits of all the players and other belongings of other officials were burnt completely to ashes.
“Thank God no one is hurt but the players are in the shock because they all escaped out of the windows of bus but all their match kits, jerseys, boots were burnt to ashes.
“The players and officials are still at the scene of the accident waiting for help. We have spoken with Plateau United to assist us with a bus to convey our players home because they are in shock,” he said.
The club secretary however said that he does not know if the scheduled match with Dakada will be postponed or not, saying that he is in communication with the NPFL in Abuja for further action.
“The match was to be played this Saturday and was supposed to be a live match but now with this accident we don’t know. We don’t know for now because even if they are to play the match, are they going to play barefooted?
“There was nothing that was removed from the bus. We have to ascertain the loss but all their bags, items, kits, jerseys and other valuables were all burnt. The items are usually gathered at one corner in the buss whenever they are travelling,” Ibrahim explained.