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Abia Warriors Chairman John Sam Obuh has further assured that the Umuahia Township Stadium will meet the required standard ahead of the resumption of the second stanza of the league.

Speaking on the steps already taken to put the Umuahia Township Stadium in shape, Obuh said “We have involved experts from the University of Agriculture Umudike with a lot of test being carried out as to ascertain the grass that is suitable for our soil”

“We are working hard to meet up with the expectations, though,it is really costing the club money but we have to get it done because, to ensure that Abia Warriors play at home. Because our home is our home”.

The former U17 & U20 manager further shared the plans of the Abia State Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Chioma Otti for the turf, saying major work will commence after the current football season is over.

“One good thing is that major work will commence on the stadium immediately after the season, after the state government contracted the works out. Umuahia Township Stadium will have a new look” he concluded. Obuh remained optimistic that Abia Warriors will play all their second stanza NPFL season at the Umuahia Township stadium.

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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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