Covid-19: I’m in touch with my family in Ivory Coast, says Rivers United’s Drissa Bamba

Drissa Bamba

Rivers United goalkeeper Drissa Bamba says he feels at home staying back in Nigeria owing to the lockdown order necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 26-year old hails from Ivory Coast and is currently staying at the club’s apartment in Port Harcourt.

Explaining why he decided to remain in the country before the borders were closed, Bamba told PageOne: “Before Covid-19 I had a fever and I needed to recover, so I decided to stay back in Nigeria.

“But I have been in touch with my family back home, I speak with my mother and sister, they tell me things are fine with them, so I am relaxed.

“Before things got worse, the club had told us to go on holiday for a week and now we have stayed at home for about three weeks or thereabout,” he continued.

“It is a very difficult situation for everyone. We are trying to manage and hope that things would come back to normal very soon because it has not been easy staying at home not being able to play football.”

While it is uncertain when the 2019-20 Nigeria Professional Football League season would restart, the League Management Company (LMC) have confirmed that after the COVID-19 crisis, the campaign would need just eight weeks to come to a conclusion.

Ahead of the season, Bamba joined Rivers United from FC Ifeanyi Ubah where he spent two seasons. His showings between the sticks have helped them to second place in the Nigerian Professional Football League table.

For Ivory Coast, he played in several junior tournaments and was part of the bronze-winning squad at the 2016 Africa Nation Championship (CHAN) held in Rwanda.