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Unity Preseason Tournament: Former National Team Handler, Abimbola Advise Clubs To Utilize Opportunity



Former U-20 Assistant coach Samuel Abimbola has commended the organisers of the Unity Preseason tournament for NLO Division 1 clubs for their foresight and interest in the development of the game from the grassroots.

Abimbola expressed delight at the level of preparation that the organisers are putting together to ensure that participating teams from the North Central fully prepare their teams for the new NLO football season which is expected to commence in April.

Quoting his words, the former Technical Adviser to Sunshine stars said “the timing of the preseason tournament is the best thing that can happen to our teams. If the NLO Division One League is starting in April, and we are having this tournament upto the first week of March, that means all participating teams will have adequate time to correct the lapses noticed before the commencement of the League season”.

The 2009 U-17 Silver Winning Assistant Coach who now handles The King FC of Abuja advised NLO Division One clubs in the zone to make good use of the opportunity to build a solid team for the new season “our league will be very competitive this season, and we will need the opportunity provided by the tournament to prepare adequately for it” he concluded.

Abimbola led his team The King FC to play in one of the finals of the NLO Division One promotion play off last season only losing one zero in Jos.

The Unity Preseason Tournament for NLO Division One clubs will begin on 24 February in Gwagwalada, Abuja. The tournament is organised in collaboration with the North Central representative in the NLO Board Barrister Babatunde Akintade.

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Ministry of Sports unveils partnership with Yanga Games



Joel Ajayi

Towards creating a new dawn for Nigerian Sports, the Federal Ministry of Sports has signed a landmark agreement with top lottery company Yanga Games to raise the revenue profile of the Ministry and ensure a new deal for the welfare of athletes.

Speaking during the unveiling of the partnership between the Ministry and Yanga Games in Lagos on Friday, Chairman/CEO of Yanga Games Mr Derrick David Kentebe said “We are so super excited by this opportunity to work with the Ministry of Sports Development to change the narrative about Sports in the country. We see an opportunity for marketing our athletes and sports generally. We shall avail ourselves of the best use of this unique and special partnership. We shall pursue this mandate with vigor, passion, and unrivaled commitment to bring benefits to all the critical stakeholders.

The agreement according to Kentebe will provide support for retired athletes, enhance grassroots sports Development, and advance the potential of special athletes.a

He assured that ” Yanga Games can raise funds on behalf of the Ministry of Sports for athletes’ Development, endorsement, and sponsorship deals for athletes”.

Minister of Sports Senator John Owan Enoh assured that the Ministry has total and absolute confidence in YangaGames to deliver on the given mandate.

“Gone are the era when we depended solely on the government to fund sports development. We are partnering with YangaGames to bring maximum benefits to the athletes and all critical stakeholders. We shall give institutional encouragement and support to the Management of Yanga Games to succeed in this onerous task of rebuilding our sports sub-sector.”

Kentebe said ” We shall raise about 34 Billion in the next four years to assist athletes and improve sports in the country. We shall help to develop grassroots sports and sustain youth involvement through raffle draws, fund raisers, and other avenues.

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