Wikki Tourists did not only lose their coaster bus in the inferno that erupted on Thursday morning close to Plateau State on their road to honouring their Saturday league tie with Dakkada FC in Uyo, they also lost otherr valuables in exchange for their lives that got spared.
The club media aide, Nosiru Kobi informed that the tyre of the bus deflated while on acceleration and that they had to scamper for safety when it was evident the bus would be up in flames any moment from that time.
Kobi informed that the players became so traumatised by the incident because they had lost their prized assets like phones, kits and other valuables which they had to abandon to flee from the vehicle when it managed to stop.
The media officer told our correspondent that Plateau United lent them their team bus to ensure that they evacuate the distraught and traumatized players back to Bauchi as they receive further instructions from the League Management Company (LMC) regarding the new date for the game.
He said they immediately wrote to the LMC to officially inform the league’s body of what happened and their challenge and inability to continue with the trip to Uyo for the tie with Dakkada originally billed for Saturday It the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.
“Everything happened within seconds and we are happy that we are alive to state what happened. The tyre burst while on speed and it dismembered from the vehicle,” Kobi said in an interview.
“We had to run out of the bus to avoid being caught in the fire outbreak. The bus burned to ashes and our players lost some of their phones and their kits including boots, jerseys and more. They are traumatized and we had to send them back to Bauchi.
” Plateau United bailed us out with their bus. We were able to evacuate the players back to Bauchi and we have written to the LMC expressing our concerns regarding the fixture fixed for Saturday. We await the response from the LMC,” Kobi concluded.