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Kidnappings for ransom are relatively common in Nigeria and football players and coaches and their families are often targets. (stock picture)

Kidnappings for ransom are relatively common in Nigeria and football players and coaches and their families are often targets. (stock picture)

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Kidnappings for ransom are relatively common in Nigeria and football players and coaches and their families are often targets. (stock picture)

A football player formerly on Nigeria's national team was killed in a car crash and another was kidnapped by gunmen while driving in a separate incident on the same day, their clubs have said.

Ifeanyi George (26), who played two games for Nigeria in 2017, was killed along with club teammate Emmanuel Ogbu when their car hit a parked truck in southern Nigeria. Their deaths were announced by their club, Enugu Rangers. Ogbu was a member of the club's youth team. A third man in the car, who was not a football player, was also killed.

Nigeria striker Dayo Ojo of two-time African club champions Enyimba, and a player from a different team were kidnapped by gunmen while travelling by car to the city of Akure in south-western Nigeria. Enyimba said another of its players escaped.

Kidnappings for ransom are relatively common in Nigeria and football players and coaches and their families are often targets.

Irish Independent