Nigerian Footballer Stabs Coach to Death

A football player, Salisu Muhammad, of Yakasai quarters, Kano Municipal local government, has allegedly stabbed his own coach over argument on football.

The deceased, Mujitapha Musa, 30, also of Yakasai quarters, was said to have passed away on the way to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, following the injury he sustained in his chest from a stab by his assailant.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Police spokesperson, DSP Haruna Abdullahi, saying the suspect, Muhammad, who also stabbed and injured one Suleiman Muhammed, 21, was arrested and the knife with which he stabbed the two victims was recovered from him.

Speaking with The Chronicles, the suspect said the problem started about six months ago when he made a mistake that led to their loss in a match that the coach considered as a “must win”.

“When I made that blunder, he abused me and abused my parents which made me angry and I threw his jersey and left the field. Ever since then I joined his opponents and opposed them whenever they are having match.

“Last Saturday, they had a match and as usual, I went to oppose their team. He threatened that he will beat me up whenever he caught me. I saw him when people were returning from viewing centre where they watched Elclassico (Madrid vs Barcelona match).’’

The suspect said, his victim suddenly slapped him when they met and began to manhandle him which led him to bring out the knife and stabbed him on the chest.

The police spokesman said the suspect would be charged to court for prosecution when investigations are concluded.

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