Female Nigerian referee, Ruth Okafor, has been hailed for saving the life of a player, Jennifer Osawaru, in the Nigeria Women Premier League Week 6 match between Sure Babes FC of Ilorin and Edo Queens of Benin City, which held at the Kwara Sports Complex, Ilorin.
The Vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who was impressed with the effort of the Nigerian referee, rewarded her with a cash of N50,000 as it was also gathered that the 28-year-old referee from Lagos will be recognized with a Special Award for Courage/Fair play by the organisers of the “Naija Women Football League Awards.”
Osawaru had collapsed after being hit by the ball. The Nigerian referee who sensed a serious problem on the part of the player, ran towards her and found out she was lifeless. She quickly performed CPR on her to bring her back to life.
Nigerian Sports Presenter, Seun Ajidagba tweeted;
I wish 2 recommend 2 President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR dat Referee Ruth Okafor deserves a National Award & Monetary reward after saving d life of Jennifer Osawaru in week 6 of NWPL between Sure Babes & Edo Queens.
#RefereeRuthforNationalAward #Bravery #Courage
Thanks 2 NFF VP Barr Seyi Akinwunmi, 4 giving Referee Ruth Okafor 50k for saving d life of Edo Queens player Jennifer Osawaru using Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation after she went unconscious during a week 6 NWPL match btw Sure Babes Football Club & Edo Queens.
This is coming after it was reported that a hero linesman gave life-saving first aid to a player who swallowed his tongue, after being slide tackled into a metal barrier
A game between Colwyn Bay and Trafford had to be abandoned when the away side’s Danny Frost was injured after going head first into the barrer. With the air ambulance on its way medics didn’t want to move him – but it had to abandon its journey to the Seagulls’ ground because of low cloud and poor visibility.
So assistant referee Zharir Mustafa stepped in and gave first aid to Frost – saving his life, report the Daily Post.